Lange v. Hoyt

159 A. 575 (1932)

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Lange v. Hoyt

Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors
159 A. 575 (1932)

Facts

An incident occurred due to the actions of Bessie Hoyt (defendant) and resulted in injuries to Minelda Lange (Minelda), an eight-year-old girl. Minelda suffered a fracture in her arm and dislocation of her pelvis. Minelda brought suit against Hoyt by way of her mother, Minette Lange (Minette). At trial, Hoyt claimed that Minelda’s condition was aggravated by the fact that Minette refused or delayed some medical treatment for Minelda due to Minette’s belief in Christian Science. Hoyt claimed that Minette took the child from the hospital against the doctor’s wishes and delayed getting her the proper surgery. Minette claimed that she followed the doctor’s instructions closely and that Minelda’s surgery was in the timeframe that the surgeon recommended. Hoyt asked for a jury instruction expressing the duty of an injured person to use reasonable care in trying to get better. The trial court did not use Hoyt’s exact verbiage to instruct the jury. The trial court found in favor of Minette and Minelda Lange. Hoyt appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Avery, J.)

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