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Bosley v. Andrews

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
142 A.2d 263 (1958)


Facts

Andrews’s (defendant) cattle strayed onto the farm of Mary Bosley (plaintiff). The cattle trampled Bosley’s crops. Additionally, a Hereford bull charged Bosley. The bull stopped approximately 25 feet away from Bosley, never touching or physically injuring her. Bosley was so frightened and shocked by the bull’s charge that she collapsed onto the ground and suffered a coronary insufficiency. Bosley’s coronary insufficiency led to having a heart disability. Bosley sued Andrews for negligence, seeking damages to compensate her for her heart disability. The trial court sustained the entry of a nonsuit based on Bosley’s failure to demonstrate her right to relief. Bosley appealed.

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