Dillon v. Twin State Gas & Electric Co.
New Hampshire Supreme Court
85 N.H. 449, 163 A. 111 (1932)
A 14-year-old boy and his friends often played on a public bridge in Berlin, New Hampshire. Electrical wires on the bridge were owned and maintained by Twin State Gas & Electric Co. (Twin State) (defendant). Twin State knew that the boys used the bridge as a playground. The current in the wires was usually shut off during the day, but Twin State knew that currents still occasionally ran through the wires. On one afternoon, the boy lost his balance on the bridge and grabbed an electrical wire to stop himself from falling. There was a charge running through the wire at the time, and the boy was killed by electrocution. Dillon (plaintiff) brought suit for wrongful death on the boy’s behalf. Twin State moved for a directed verdict. The trial court denied the motion. Twin State appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Allen, J.)
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