SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — California’s highest court says people with Alzheimer’s disease are not liable for injuries they may cause their paid in-home caregivers.
The California Supreme Court ruled 5-2 on Monday that people hired to work with Alzheimer’s patients should know the condition commonly causes physical aggression and agitation in its sufferers. The court majority concluded it would therefore be inappropriate to allow caregivers who get hurt managing a combative client to sue their employers.READ MORE: Bay Area Health Experts Look Past Omicron, Envision Post-Pandemic COVID World
State law already established that nursing home staff members who are injured on the job may not seek damages from their Alzheimer’s patients.READ MORE: Driver Arrested Following Deadly Sonoma County Crash Sunday
But the two Supreme Court dissenters say it’s unfair to apply that reasoning to caregivers working for individuals.
The ruling came in a lawsuit brought against a Los Angeles couple by a home health aide who was hurt while trying to calm the wife.MORE NEWS: Man Killed by 15-Year-Old Driver During Police Chase in Stockton
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