Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 16,800+ case briefs...

Niederman v. Brodsky

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
261 A.2d 84 (1970)


Harry Niederman (plaintiff) was walking with his son on the sidewalk of a Philadelphia street. Brodsky (defendant) was driving recklessly down the road when he skidded onto the sidewalk and then struck a fire hydrant, a garbage can, a newsstand, and finally Niederman’s son, who stood beside Niederman. Brodsky appeared to be on course to also strike Niederman, but did not. Niederman was so shocked and frightened that he immediately began to have severe chest pains. Niederman was hospitalized for five weeks for various heart ailments he had suffered, including a possible heart attack. Niederman sued Brodsky for negligence, seeking to recover damages for his heart disabilities, shock, and mental pain. The trial court dismissed Niederman’s suit for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted, because there was no physical impact between Brodsky’s vehicle and Niederman. Niederman appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, J.)

Dissent (Bell, C.J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 449,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. 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. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 449,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,800 briefs, keyed to 224 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.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial