Main Content

Casebook Read
Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Vosburg v. Putney

Should defendants be liable for unforeseeable injuries? The plaintiff and defendant are schoolmates. Plaintiff kicked the defendant's leg in a classroom, during school hours. After the kick, the defendant's leg--which had nearly recovered from a prior injury--became inflamed. The plaintiff was likely unaware of the defendant's previous injury, and therefore unable to foresee the extraordinary harm the kick would inflict.