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Volume XI: Torts | Chapter 9 (1972): Personal Injury and Death

1. Damages constitute a thread which runs right through the fabric of the law of tort, but is nowhere more prominent than in torts causing personal injury and death. Modern means of locomotion, and in particular the motor car, have seen to it that in everyday life the incidence of such torts far outweighs all others put together, so that they occupy the bulk of the time which the courts devote to the hearing of tort litigation.

2. This chapter seeks to explore how the damages awarded for such torts are calculated. The f…

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Harvey McGregor, “Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 24 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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