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Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals, 4e

Front Cover - Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals, 4e

Emily Lynch Morissette
Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego

2017. Approx. 480 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7349- 5

About the Book

Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals, Fourth Edition, balances complete coverage of substantive torts topics with essential paralegal skills. With an emphasis on the medical information specific to personal injury law, Emily Lynch Morissette provides consistently clear writing and realistic examples that convey a working understanding of the role of the paralegal in tort cases.

Teaching basic torts and skill development, Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals features:

  • Logically organized, substantive topics that begin with an introduction to the concept of torts and move through each element of negligence, followed by medical malpractice as a type of negligence, intentional torts, and workers’ compensation
  • Practice-based topics on medical record discovery, tort discovery, and litigation
  • An Introduction to Medicine in the Appendix
  • A consistent emphasis on medical information related to personal injury, such as how to obtain and understand medical records
  • Integrated treatment of professional responsibility A wealth of clear and accessible examples
  • Fact-based exercises that use real-life scenarios
  • Chapter objectives, marginal definitions, visual aids, and case summaries
  • Chapter summarieBulletss, review questions, and web links
  • Companion website:
Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition includes:

  • Recent developments in case law, such as Renzi v. Paredes, regarding loss of chance in medical malpractice law
  • New examples throughout the text
  • Fresh practice-based assignments, such as documenting damages and preparing trial exhibits
  • Additional exercises in every chapter
  • Expanded coverage of emerging topics
  • Duty to act
  • The differences between agents, employees, and independent contractors
  • Easements and adverse possession
  • Statutory and state-specific material, as well as supreme court cases.