September 1, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(9):763. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650090061027

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Damages for Negligent Treatment  Alexander Kerrich, an architect, has sued the Fasor Sanatorium for neglect in treatment. In his complaint he says that he was operated on successfully by Prof. Louis Adam, and left the sanatorium after one week; but he had to undergo after-treatment with deep roentgen-ray applications. After this was completed, he developed severe burns, which, according to Adam, were due to negligence in the application of the roentgen rays. When Kerrich attempted to continue his vocation, he found that he was unable to climb ladders; as he was a builder, this decreased his working capacity by at least 50 per cent. As the sanatorium is materially responsible for injuries caused by the negligence of its employees, he sued for damages of 160,000,000 crowns (equal to about $5,000). He reckoned that his least monthly earnings were $30, and now his working capacity is impaired by 50 per cent.

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