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Bosley v. Andrews - 393 Pa. 161, 142 A.2d 263 (1958)

Rule:

There can be no recovery of damages for injuries resulting from fright or nervous shock or mental or emotional disturbances or distress, unless they are accompanied by physical injury or physical impact.

Facts:

Dale Andrews’ cattle strayed on to the Bosleys' farm and injured their crops, for which the jury gave the Bosleys a verdict of $179.99. Mrs. Mary Louise Bosley, the wife-plaintiff, sought to recover damages for a heart disability which resulted from her fright and shock upon being chased by a Hereford bull owned by Andrews. The bull did not strike or touch Mrs. Bosley, and she suffered no physical injury. The trial court sustained the entry of a nonsuit, which was affirmed by the superior court.

Issue:

May Mrs. Bosley seek to recover damages for a heart disability which resulted from her fright and shock upon being chased by a Hereford bull owned by Andrews?

Answer:

No.

Conclusion:

The court held that there could be no recovery of damages for injuries resulting from fright or nervous shock or mental or emotional disturbances or distress, unless they had been accompanied by physical injury or physical impact.

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