Alzheimer’s Patients in California Not Responsible For Violent Episodes Against Caregivers, According To State Supreme Court

Alzheimer’s Patients in California Not Responsible For Violent Episodes Against Caregivers, According To State Supreme Court
angry Alzheimer's patientThe California Supreme Court recently decided, by a 5-2 decision, that people with Alzheimer’s disease cannot be held responsible for injuries caused to their in-home caregivers, and that a prior awareness of this fact precludes a legal accusation, CBS News recently reported, quoting an Associated Press report. According to the report, the decision by the California Supreme Court is a result of a case involving an accusation of negligence and battery from an in-home caregiver who was assaulted by a woman with Alzheimer's during her work in providing daily care. CBS News reported that the Court noted in its decision that the caregiver's previous experiences in treating people with Alzheimer’s disease, in which violent outbursts can be common in its later stages, as well as her prior awareness that the woman was prone to violent outbursts, were mitigating circumstances that contributed to their verdict. In addition the particulars of the case, there is reportedly already-existing laws that govern liabilities for patients and their institutional caregivers, both in hospitals and nursing homes, whic
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