Compensation for people who fear they may develop CJDBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7149.1929 (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1929
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Six people in their 20s and 30s who were treated with human growth hormone as children won compensation totalling more than £500000 ($800000) last week for the psychological effects of fears that they may develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
The test cases open the way for compensation for up to 40 others, with a potential bill of £1.5m for the British government. Compensation for the 22 deaths for which the government has already been held liable—those where treatment was not completed before 1 July 1977—is …