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Palsgraf v. Long Island R. Co.
Citation:Court of Appeals of New York, 1928. 248 N.Y. 339, 162 N.E. 99.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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The Plaintiff, Palsgraf, was standing on a train platform of the Defendant’s, Long Island R. Co.’s, railroad. When a train stopped at the station, two men ran forward to catch it. One got on the platform of the train car without mishap and the other man, who was carrying a package, jumped aboard but seemed as if he was about to fall. A guard on the car held the door open and reached forward to help him in while another guard on the platform pushed him from behind. This caused the package the man was carrying to fall upon the rails. The package was small and covered by newspaper. It contained fireworks but there was nothing in its appearance to give notice of this. When the package fell, the fireworks exploded. The shock of the explosion caused scales at the other end of the platform to fall down. The scales struck the Plaintiff, causing her injuries. The Plaintiff sued the Defendant for her injuries.
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