Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,300+ case briefs...

Steinhauser v. Hertz Corporation

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
421 F.2d 1169 (1970)


Cynthia Steinhauser (plaintiff) was involved in a car accident caused by Ponzini (defendant). Steinhauser was 14 years old at the time. Steinhauser and the other occupants of Steinhauser’s car did not incur any bodily injuries due to the impact of the accident. However, a few minutes after the accident, Steinhauser began acting peculiarly. She became agitated and generally upset and, soon after, became depressed and attempted suicide. These characteristics had not appeared before the accident. Steinhauser was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her prognosis was not good. Steinhauser brought a negligence suit against Ponzini and Hertz Corporation (defendant), the owner of Ponzini’s car. At trial, expert witnesses testified that Steinhauser had a predisposition to schizophrenia and that the accident was a precipitating cause of the manifestation of the condition. The district court ruled in favor of the defendants. Steinhauser appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Friendly, 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 487,000 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 487,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,300 briefs, keyed to 985 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