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May 5, 1894

A TERRIBLE SANITARY MISTAKE.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(18):677. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420970031009

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Abstract

The volume of personal injury litigation at the present time is something appalling. Almost every case, too, has to have its expert witnesses. This makes the rules stated by the Supreme Court of Missouri, in the case of Barr v. City of Kansas, decided March 5, 1894, of considerable interest and value. It says that the plaintiff, in these personal injury cases, may recover damages suffered up to the date of the verdict, and also such damages as will be suffered in the future; but no allowance for future damages should be made, except for such as it is reasonably certain will result from the original injury. Physicians may testify as to the probable result of personal injuries upon the health and life of the plaintiff. The question whether future damages will, with reasonable certainty, flow from the injury is, however, one for the jury. But it does not follow

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