Dillon v. Twin State Gas & Electric Co.
Where a plaintiff, regardless of the defendant's negligence, would suffer injury, should the plaintiff's damages be measured based on the plaintiff's injured condition?
P's loss of balance did not deprive him of a life of normal expectancy, but of one too short to be given damages, or in the alternative, of a life of limited earning capacity. It was found that the boy would have fallen to his death regardless of the electrocution, the defendant is not liable, except for any conscious suffering which the boy may have sustained from the electric shock.
In order for the plaintiff to collect damages, there has to be some injury to the plaintiff's person or property as a result of the defendant's negligence.