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Godwin v. Texas Emp. Ins. Ass'n
July 17, 1946
145 Tex. 100
Texas Supreme Court
Published Opinion

Godwin v. Texas Emp. Ins. Ass'n

Supreme Court of Texas.




No. A-922.


June 12, 1946.


Rehearing Denied July 17, 1946.

Attorneys & Firms

*101 **347 White & Yarborough and W. E. Johnson, all of Dallas, for petitioner.

Robertson, Leachman, Payne, Gardere & Lancaster and Fred T. Porter, all of Dallas, for respondent.



This case is before this court on application for writ of error filed on behalf of W. R. Godwin. It is a suit for compensation on account of a wound sustained originally to Godwin’s third or distal phalange of the second finger of his right hand. In the trial court compensation was sought and awarded for the loss of the use of other members resulting from, and growing out of the original wound to his finger. There was no issue submitted to the jury and, therefore, no finding that the original injury extended to and affected other portions of the body or that such injury was not confined solely to the finger. By objections to the charge and requests for special issues, as reflected in the opinion of the Court of Civil Appeals, respondent preserved the question for review on appeal. There was some evidence that such injury did spread to other members.

The Court of Civil Appeals correctly held that, for the error above indicated, the judgment of the trial court should be reversed, but it fell into error in rendering judgment that petitioner take nothing except compensation for the loss of the use *102 of the particular phalange which sustained the wound. The case should have been remanded generally to the trial court. The order of the court rendering **348 the case rather than remanding same is in conflict with Consolidated Underwriters v. Langley, 141 Tex. 78, 170 S.W.2d 463.

By Simpson et al. v. Charity Benevolent Association, 137 Tex. 215, 152 S.W.2d 1093.

It appears that this is another proper case for its exercise and it is therefore ordered that the judgment of the Court of Civil Appeals, in so far as it reformed the trial court’s judgment and rendered judgment against petitioner, be reversed and the cause remanded to the trial court.

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