Acute subdural haematoma in a boxer

Br J Neurosurg. 2002 Apr;16(2):96-9; discussion 99-101. doi: 10.1080/02688690220131697.


On the basis of the judgements of the Court of First Instance, and of the Court of Appeal, (Michael Alexander Watson versus British Board of Control Limited) the causation aspects of two sequential acute subdural haematomas sustained by a boxer, are critically examined. The beneficial effects in this case of 'resuscitation' at the ringside, and its feasibility, are very doubtful. So also are the practicability and benefit of direct transfer to a neurosurgical department, with the timing of operation being advanced by some 45 minutes, or more probably by only 15 minutes.

Publication types

  • Legal Case

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Boxing / injuries*
  • Boxing / legislation & jurisprudence
  • England
  • Hematoma, Subdural, Acute / complications*
  • Hematoma, Subdural, Acute / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal
  • Male
  • Resuscitation
  • Time Factors