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December 15, 1888

MEDICO-LEGAL ASPECTS OF SOME INJURIES OF THE SPINAL CORD.Read before the Chicago Medico-Legal Society, October 6, 1888.

Author Affiliations

SURGEON TO THE C. S. F. AND C. RY.; CONSULTING SURGEON TO ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL, JOLIET, ILL., ETC.,; PROFESSOR CLINICAL SURGERY, CHICAGO MEDICAL COLLEGE; SURGEON TO MERCY HOSPITAL, CHICAGO, ETC.

JAMA. 1888;XI(24):841-844. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400750013001b

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Abstract

Within a period of five years English railway companies have paid in damages in cases of alleged injury to the spinal cord, the enormous sum of £2,200,000, or $11,000,000. In our own city, the greatest railway center in the world, and in other parts of our country, large sums have been paid as compensatory damages in similar cases. $300,000 it is said were paid to the sufferers in the Chatsworth accident, and the largest individual damages were paid in settlement of cases of spinal injury. Specific instances of the enormous sums which have been awarded to this class of obscure injuries are:

Case of Waterman vs. the Chicago & Alton R. R.—The plaintiff claimed large damages for spinal concussion said to be produced in an accident. Dr. Clark Gapen and other experts testified that injury was the cause of the patient's symptoms, while Drs. Senn and Whiting testifying as experts

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