Our Liability Predicament: The Practical and Psychological Flaws of the American Tort System (Hardback)
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Our Liability Predicament: The Practical and Psychological Flaws of the American Tort System (Hardback)

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Hardback 238 Pages / Published: 18/05/2001
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Our Liability Predicament is a non-political and non-polemical discussion of our present-day liability system and its problems. It concludes that the culprit has been the gradual devolution of American tort law to the point where it actually encourages litigation, greed, and revenge, as opposed to the proclaimed aim of law as a method of settling disputes amicably, expeditiously and fairly. The book is divided into six sections; the first of which is devoted to the basic facts of tort law, how it evolved, and how it began to differ from the tort systems of other nations. The next section discusses the basic flaws and merits of the system, and concludes that the flaws considerably outweigh the merits. The third section discusses the need for basic reforms, particularly in incentives, cost, and complexity. The fourth section considers specific problems, with emphasis on automobile liability and professional malpractice. The fifth section discusses the divergent points of view regarding the tort system in the literature, as well as various proposals for reform, and the final section gives a short summary and conclusion.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761807025
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Johnson writes in an extremely accessible way...valuable in enhancing the reader's understanding of the tort system in medical malpractice cases. -- Richard S. Ross, Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine * The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery *
...clear and sensible proposals for ending the adversary system... -- Richard S. Ross, Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine * Baltimore Sun *
The title of the book 'Our Liability Predicament' is an excellent description of an important problem in our society. The author is a physician, but only a small portion of the book is devoted to medical malpractice. The author defines the problem andproposes an approach to its solution. Dr. Johnson writes well and although knowledgeable about the legal issues, is able to avoid the use of complicated legal terminology. The reader of this book will gain a working knowledge of the 'liability predicament' and some hope for a solution sometime in the future. -- Richard S. Ross, Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
The title of the book 'Our Liability Predicament' is an excellent description of an important problem in our society. The author is a physician, but only a small portion of the book is devoted to medical malpractice. The author defines the problem and proposes an approach to its solution. Dr. Johnson writes well and although knowledgeable about the legal issues, is able to avoid the use of complicated legal terminology. The reader of this book will gain a working knowledge of the 'liability predicament' and some hope for a solution sometime in the future. -- Richard S. Ross, Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johnson writes in an extremely accessible way...valuable in enhancing the reader's understanding of the tort system in medical malpractice cases. -- Richard S. Ross, Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine * The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery *
...clear and sensible proposals for ending the adversary system... -- Richard S. Ross, Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine * Baltimore Sun *

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