10 N.W. 237 (Iowa 1881), Manuel v. The Chicago, R.I. & P.R. Co.

Citation:10 N.W. 237, 56 Iowa 655
Opinion Judge:SEEVERS, J.
Party Name:MANUEL v. THE C., R. I. & P. R. CO
Attorney:Vermillion & Vermillion, for appellant. No appearance for appellee.
Case Date:October 20, 1881
Court:Supreme Court of Iowa

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10 N.W. 237 (Iowa 1881)

56 Iowa 655



THE C., R. I. & P. R. CO

Supreme Court of Iowa, Des Moines

October 20, 1881

Appeal from Appanoose Circuit Court.

THE plaintiff was an employe of the defendant, working on a construction train, and alleged in his petition that while so engaged his co-employes carelessly and negligently "let fall on the left foot of plaintiff a heavy iron rail," whereby he was greatly injured. In an amendment to the petition it is stated: "that the two co-employes who let said iron rail fall carelessly and negligently on the foot of plaintiff were Swedes or some foreign nationality."

There was a denial of the allegations aforesaid, and trial by jury. Verdict and judgment for plaintiff, and defendant appeals.


Vermillion & Vermillion, for appellant.

No appearance for appellee.


[56 Iowa 656] SEEVERS, J. The evidence tended to show the plaintiff and other employes of the defendant, at the time the accident occurred, were engaged in loading certain cars with old iron rails and bridge timbers. It became necessary to move some of the timbers after they had been loaded on a car; the plaintiff testified while so engaged two of his co-employes raised with crowbars an iron rail which they carelessly let fall on his foot. The evidence on the part of the defendant tended to show the rail was not raised with crowbars and did not fall on defendant's foot because of the negligence of the defendant's employes.

The court stated the issues correctly to the jury and in substance instructed them the plaintiff could recover if the injury was caused by the negligence of the defendant's employes, and the plaintiff had not been guilty of contributory negligence, but did not instruct the jury that before the plaintiff could recover he must have established to their satisfaction the injury had been caused in the manner alleged in the petition. The defendant asked the court to instruct the jury as follows:

"Plaintiff does not claim in his petition that the timber or railroad iron was loaded on the defendant's car in a careless or negligent manner and that he was injured thereby, but he [56 Iowa 657] does claim that two of defendant's employes let a bar of said railroad iron fall on his foot in a careless and...

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