Panama R. Co. v. Toppin,
252 U.S. 308 (1920)

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Panama R. Co. v. Toppin, 252 U.S. 308 (1920)

Panama Railroad Company v. Toppin, 252 U.S. 308 (1920)

No. 147

Argued January 16, 1920

Decided March 15, 1920

252 U.S. 308


By the laws of Panama, a railroad company is liable for personal injuries resulting from the criminal negligence of its servant in running an engine at a rate prohibited by the Panama Police Code. P. 252 U. S. 310.

The rule of respondeat superior applies in Panama, in such cases, and due care in selecting the servant is not a defense for the railroad company. P. 252 U. S. 311.

Page 252 U. S. 309

In Panama, under Civil Code, Art. 2341, as well as in the Canal Zone, damages for physical pain are allowable in a personal injury case. P. 252 U. S. 313. Panama R. Co. v. Bosse, 249 U. S. 41.

250 F. 989 affirmed.

The case is stated in the opinion.

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