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March 24, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(12):435. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420910033007

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The Supreme Court of Minnesota holds, in the case of Galloway v. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company, decided Jan. 30, 1894, that where the evidence tends to show that prior to sustaining a personal injury a woman was healthy and active, but by such injury is rendered a helpless invalid an award of $10,000 damages is not so large as to warrant a reviewing court in saying that they are excessive. The immediate injury in this case, for which that amount of damages was awarded, was a wound on the knee, seemingly, in and of itself, a comparatively small one. But it was claimed, and the evidence tended to prove, that this caused a nervous shock, which resulted in the development of heart disease, and in traumatic neurosis. It will further be seen to have been one of the class of cases where about the only available evidence

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