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McCahill v. New York Transportation Co.
New York Court of Appeals
94 N.E. 616 (1911)
The decedent, an alcoholic, was hit by a taxi cab and injured. He was brought to a hospital, where he died two days later of delirium tremens, a condition usually caused by alcohol withdrawal. The decedent’s family (plaintiff) sued the cab company (defendant). At trial, a physician testified that the decedent’s injuries sped up the onset of delirium tremens. The jury found that the cab company was negligent, and that there was no contributory negligence from the decedent. The cab company appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hiscock, J.)
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