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Multiple sclerosis linked with trauma in court case

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1228

A former policeman has been awarded £547 250 ($820 875) in damages by a court, which accepted that he developed multiple sclerosis after sustaining whiplash injures in a road accident. Although the judgment is seen as controversial, it is expected to give rise to further legal action from patients with multiple sclerosis who suffered injuries before the onset of their symptoms.

Forty one year old Nicholas Dingley claimed at the Court of Session in Edinburgh that he developed symptoms within a week of injuring his neck when a police van, in which he was a passenger, crashed and overturned in 1990. His condition deteriorated, and he was forced to …

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