Jones v. Tri-State Tel. & Tel. Co.,

CourtSupreme Court of Minnesota (US)
Writing for the CourtBUNN
Citation136 N.W. 741,118 Minn. 217
PartiesJONES v. TRI-STATE TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH CO. et al.
Decision Date14 June 1912

118 Minn. 217
136 N.W. 741

JONES
v.
TRI-STATE TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH CO. et al.

Supreme Court of Minnesota.

June 14, 1912.


Appeal from District Court, Hennepin County; Horace D. Dickinson, Judge.

Action by Joseph H. Jones against the Tri-State Telephone & Telegraph Company and another. From a judgment against defendant Tri-State Telephone & Telegraph Company, it appeals. Affirmed.


Syllabus by the Court

Plaintiff was injured while in the employ of defendant, and defendant, for its own purposes, employed a doctor to take an X-ray picture of plaintiff's injury. Plaintiff protested against this, but finally consented. An attempt to take the picture resulted in injury to plaintiff. In this action to recover for such injury, it is held that in exposing plaintiff to the X-ray the physician was the agent or servant of defendant, and the rule of respondeat superior applies.

The instrumentality being entirely under control of defendant, there being evidence that with proper instrumentalities and proper care the exposure to the X-ray does not result in injury to the subject, and evidence that such injury did so result in this case, the rule of res ipsa loquitur applies, and defendant failed to show conclusively that it was not negligent.


[136 N.W. 741]

Harlan P. Roberts and Walter S. Chase, of Minneapolis, for appellant.

M. C. Brady, of Minneapolis (Arthur M. Higgins, of Minneapolis, of counsel), for respondent.


BUNN, J.

This is an appeal by defendant Telephone Company from a judgment against it after a verdict in favor of plaintiff and a denial by the trial court of defendant's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. There was no motion for a new trial, and therefore we need only consider whether there was evidence tending to support a verdict for plaintiff.

[1] The somewhat unusual facts may be briefly stated as follows: Plaintiff was in the employ of defendant Telephone Company as a lineman. October 19, 1910, while in the performance of his duties, he received an injury. A physician was called who diagnosed the case as a displacement of the sacro-iliac joint, and used heroic treatment that is claimed to have resulted in forcing the joint into place. Plaintiff was making good progress toward recovery, when the general manager of defendant requested him to submit to an X-ray picture being taken. Plaintiff opposed this, expressing his fear of injurious consequences, assuring defendant's manager he was all right, and offering to release defendant from...

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  • Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., No. 13–13067.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
    • November 10, 2014
    ...Aircraft Corp., 26 Cal.2d 149, 157 P.2d 1, 6 (1945) (en banc) (aerospace corporation); Jones v. Tri–State Telephone & Telegraph Co., 118 Minn. 217, 136 N.W. 741, 741–42 (1912) (telephone company); Mrachek v. Sunshine Biscuit, Inc., 283 A.D. 105, 107–08, 126 N.Y.S.2d 383 (N.Y.App.Div.1953) (......
  • Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., No. 13–13067.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
    • November 10, 2014
    ...Aircraft Corp., 26 Cal.2d 149, 157 P.2d 1, 6 (1945) (en banc) (aerospace corporation); Jones v. Tri–State Telephone & Telegraph Co., 118 Minn. 217, 136 N.W. 741, 741–42 (1912) (telephone company); Mrachek v. Sunshine Biscuit, Inc., 283 A.D. 105, 107–08, 126 N.Y.S.2d 383 (N.Y.App.Div.1953) (......
  • Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., No. 13–13067.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
    • November 10, 2014
    ...Aircraft Corp., 26 Cal.2d 149, 157 P.2d 1, 6 (1945) (en banc) (aerospace corporation); Jones v. Tri–State Telephone & Telegraph Co., 118 Minn. 217, 136 N.W. 741, 741–42 (1912) (telephone company); Mrachek v. Sunshine Biscuit, Inc., 283 A.D. 105, 107–08, 126 N.Y.S.2d 383 (N.Y.App.Div.1953) (......
  • Jackson v. Hansard, 1751
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • January 4, 1933
    ...46 L. R. A. (N. S.) 611; Evans v. Monroe, (R. I.) 83 A. 82; Shockley v. Tucker, (Ia.) 103 N.W. 360; Jones v. Tri State Tel. Co., (Minn.) 136 N.W. 741, 40 L. R. A. (N. S.) 485; Lewis v. Casenburg, (Tenn.) 7 S.W.2d 808; Bergeldt v. Hartzell, 1 F.2d 633; Evans v. Roberts, (Ia.) 153 N.W. 923; B......
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  • Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., No. 13–13067.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
    • November 10, 2014
    ...Aircraft Corp., 26 Cal.2d 149, 157 P.2d 1, 6 (1945) (en banc) (aerospace corporation); Jones v. Tri–State Telephone & Telegraph Co., 118 Minn. 217, 136 N.W. 741, 741–42 (1912) (telephone company); Mrachek v. Sunshine Biscuit, Inc., 283 A.D. 105, 107–08, 126 N.Y.S.2d 383 (N.Y.App.Div.1953) (......
  • Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., No. 13–13067.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
    • November 10, 2014
    ...Aircraft Corp., 26 Cal.2d 149, 157 P.2d 1, 6 (1945) (en banc) (aerospace corporation); Jones v. Tri–State Telephone & Telegraph Co., 118 Minn. 217, 136 N.W. 741, 741–42 (1912) (telephone company); Mrachek v. Sunshine Biscuit, Inc., 283 A.D. 105, 107–08, 126 N.Y.S.2d 383 (N.Y.App.Div.1953) (......
  • Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., No. 13–13067.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
    • November 10, 2014
    ...Aircraft Corp., 26 Cal.2d 149, 157 P.2d 1, 6 (1945) (en banc) (aerospace corporation); Jones v. Tri–State Telephone & Telegraph Co., 118 Minn. 217, 136 N.W. 741, 741–42 (1912) (telephone company); Mrachek v. Sunshine Biscuit, Inc., 283 A.D. 105, 107–08, 126 N.Y.S.2d 383 (N.Y.App.Div.1953) (......
  • Jackson v. Hansard, 1751
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • January 4, 1933
    ...46 L. R. A. (N. S.) 611; Evans v. Monroe, (R. I.) 83 A. 82; Shockley v. Tucker, (Ia.) 103 N.W. 360; Jones v. Tri State Tel. Co., (Minn.) 136 N.W. 741, 40 L. R. A. (N. S.) 485; Lewis v. Casenburg, (Tenn.) 7 S.W.2d 808; Bergeldt v. Hartzell, 1 F.2d 633; Evans v. Roberts, (Ia.) 153 N.W. 923; B......
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