Hyett v. Northwestern Hospital for Women and Children

147 Minn. 413, 180 N.W. 552 (1920)

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Hyett v. Northwestern Hospital for Women and Children

Minnesota Supreme Court
147 Minn. 413, 180 N.W. 552 (1920)

Facts

Ernest Hyett (plaintiff) worked for the Northwestern Hospital for Women and Children (Northwestern) (defendant). Hyett was injured in the course of employment. He was unable to perform his job duties for a short time due to his injuries, and he received $44 in disability compensation from Northwestern. The accident also caused an injury to Hyett’s pubic nerve that left Hyett permanently impotent but did not disable him from working. Hyett did not have a remedy under Minnesota’s workers’-compensation statute for the pubic-nerve injury, so he sued Northwestern in Minnesota state court, alleging that his pubic-nerve injury was caused by Northwestern’s negligence. Northwestern answered Hyett’s complaint, arguing, among other things, that Hyett could not bring a negligence action against Northwestern because his exclusive remedy for his injury was a claim for compensation under Minnesota’s workers’-compensation statute. Hyett filed a demurrer challenging the exclusivity argument in Northwestern’s answer, and the trial court sustained the demurrer. Northwestern appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brown, C.J.)

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