Higher Education

Product Liability for Professional Paralegals, 1st Edition

  • Kathleen Reade
  • ISBN-10: 0766848485  |  ISBN-13: 9780766848481
  • 271 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $109.50



Product Liability for Professional Paralegals is a practical, hands-on book for legal professionals working in the field of personal injury and product liability litigation, as well as for students of personal injury litigation. Case management and practice tips assist the paralegal in learning and perfecting the professional skills, organizational techniques, and perspective to be an integral part of the professional team. Examples include sample questions to encourage an analytical approach, because thorough fact investigation is key to successful case preparation. Broken into two parts, part one details case management, new case evaluation, determining correct parties, investigation, and customizing discovery. It also discusses the interesting history of product liability law. Expert witnesses are essential in product liability cases, and there is extensive information regarding locating, evaluating, and working with expert witnesses. Part two addresses specific types of products including medical devices, toxic substances, household and consumer products, childrens products, vehicles, and machinery. Included is information regarding warnings, manufacturing and design defects, standards and regulations, and many sample forms, including pleadings and discovery. This information allows the paralegal to know what questions to ask to solicit information most helpful to the trial team. The book is analytical and is written in a clear, concise manner that is interesting and understandable. Practicing paralegals, paralegal students, and any legal professional interested in personal injury and product liability litigation will benefit from the content of the book.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides history, practice tips, and complete information on how to handle cases involving a variety of products
  • Includes extensive material on locating and working with expert witnesses
  • Emphasizes the importance of product including locating product, preserving product, and the chain of custody
  • Provides samples of discovery and pleadings and deposition questions for various types of deponents
  • Contains and overview of law including theories of liability, tort law, duties, warranties, and defenses
  • Teaches practical skills in litigation and case management based on actual cases

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Importance of the Product
Chapter 3: Case Evaluation
Chapter 4: Determining Correct Defendants
Chapter 5: Defendants, Defenses and Theories of Liability
Chapter 6: Customizing Discovery
Chapter 7: Expert Witnesses
Chapter 8: Trial Tactics and Innovations
Chapter 9: Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Products
Chapter 10: Toxic Torts
Chapter 11: Household and Consumer Products
Chapter 12: Children''s Products
Chapter 13: Vehicles
Chapter 14: Equipment and Machinery

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kathleen Reade

Kathleen M. Reade is currently a Legal Consultant as well as Corporate Paralegal to the Vice-President and General Counsel of an international corporation. Kathleen Reade is extensively published and has a long history of experience in personal injury and product liability litigation. Ms. Reade shares her legal experience and expertise through her publications regarding litigation matters. She has also been listed in Who's Who of American Law and Who's Who of American Women.