By Alan Kilpatrick
This excellent tool claims to “provide subscribers with the most up-to-date collection of personal injury court decisions in which damages have been awarded. It serves the dual purpose of keeping subscribers abreast of the latest quantum of damages judgments and providing a wealth of cases upon which the researcher may draw.” Reported and unreported Canadian cases are included from 1935 to the present.
Goldsmiths is available in print in the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library at KF 1256 G62.
The resource is arranged by the specific injury to the body. Chapter headings include most severe injuries, head, skin, senses, spine, body external and internal, arms, legs, miscellaneous conditions, pain and suffering in minor cases, and fatal injuries. Please find the table of contents on the left. The researcher should attempt to determine the most substantial injury when an individual has suffered more than one injury.
Goldsmiths is made up of two different parts: the Consolidated Table of Damages and the Case Digests.
The Consolidated Table of Damages is spread across six loose-leaf volumes. It features extensive tables of cases listing style of cause, the specific injury suffered, and quantum of damages awarded. The Case Digests are small bound books published annually. They feature short summaries and digests of recent personal injury cases. The digests describe the unique circumstances leading to the injury and the damages awarded.
The Consolidated Tables of Damages and the Case Digests should be used together.
Let’s learn how to use Goldsmiths to identify damages awarded for scars and lacerations to the head and face. First, consult the Consolidated Table of Damages. Reviewing the table of contents, I can see that lacerations to the head and face are located in the Skin section in the first volume of the tables.
If you have any questions about using Goldsmith’s Damages for Personal Injury and Death, ask a Law Society Librarian. Library staff provide legal research assistance to members in person, on the telephone, or by email.
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