The Times, Thursday, Jul 20, 1871; pg. 10; col F-G
CARLISLE, JULY 18. [cont.]
CIVIL SIDE. - (Before Baron MARTIN and Special Juries.)
SYMES V. THE LONDON AND NORTH-WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY.
Mr. HOLKER, Q.C., and Mr. KEMPLAY were the counsel for the plaintiff; Mr.
ASPINALL, Q.C., and Mr. Herbert SWIFT were for the company.
The plaintiff was a surgeon, practising at Egremont, near Whitehaven, and
assistant surgeon to the West Cumberland Volunteers, and he brought this action
for personal injuries suffered in a collision at the Penruddock station, when
being conveyed back from Penrith to Whitehaven in an excursion train after a
review of the Volunteers at Penrith on the 2d of September. The case was not put
forward as a very serious one, but the plaintiff stated that he still suffered
from pain, weakness, and lameness, the result of a shock to the system.
The jury awarded 350 l. damages.
M'DONALD V. THE LONDON AND NORTH-WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY.
Mr. HOLKER, Q.C., and Mr. HERSCHELL were counsel for the plaintiff; Mr.
ASPINALL, Q.C., and Mr. A. G. SHIELL were for the company.
This action arose out of the same accident as the last. The plaintiff was by
business a master sweep at Whitehaven, and was being conveyed home from the
review, where he acted as a drummer of the Volunteer band, when he suffered the
injuries for which he brought the action. They were very serious, the most
important being the crushing of the crural nerve which passes through the socket
of the hip joint, so as to produce insensibility and immovability of the right
leg, by a blow upon the groin, and concussion of the brain from a blow upon the
head. The medical witnesses said, however, that the paralysis of the leg would
in all probability not be permanent, but would be cured in time, leaving a
certain amount of lameness, perhaps, behind.
The jury awarded the plaintiff 500 l. damages.