Personal Injury Elective module (LW52136)

Learn the law and processes relating to personal injury claims in legal practice

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Personal Injury (PI) refers to physical, emotional, or psychological harm inflicted on an individual due to accidents, negligence, or intentional actions of others. It encompasses many cases such as car accidents, medical malpractice, and slip-and-fall incidents. Legal claims seek compensation for damages and suffering caused by such injuries.

This module looks at how potential PI claims can be properly investigated to assess liability, quantum, and prospects of success.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • learn about taking precognitions and pre-action protocols
  • learn about jurisdictional matters
  • understand the operation of time bars
  • learn about vicarious liability
  • explore the common law duties of care
  • understand public liability and employer's liability
  • learn about clinical negligence
  • explore liability to secondary victims
  • learn about contributory negligence
  • understand civil court procedure
  • explore various types of claims including beauty, holiday claims, animals, industrial disease, protection against harassment, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) claims

Assignments / assessment

  • Coursework 1 (45%)
  • Coursework 2 (45%)
  • Professional attributes (10%)
    • including attendance at and participation in tutorials

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures
  • independent study
  • tutorials


This module is available on following courses: