From our private database of 33,800+ case briefs...
Daniels v. Williams
United States Supreme Court
474 U.S. 327, 106 S.Ct. 662, 88 L.Ed.2d 662 (1986)
Daniels (plaintiff), a former inmate of the city jail in Richmond, Virginia brought a §1983 action seeking to recover damages for back and ankle injuries allegedly sustained when he slipped on a pillow negligently left on the prison stairs by Williams (defendant), a correctional deputy stationed at the jail. Daniels argued that Williams’ negligence deprived him of his liberty interest in freedom from bodily harm protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court granted Williams’ motion for summary judgment, and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
Concurrence (Stevens, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 604,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 604,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,800 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.