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Brzoska v. Olson
Delaware Supreme Court
668 A.2d 1355 (1995)
Dr. Raymond Owens, a dentist, died of AIDS. Before he died, Dr. Owens was exhibiting open lesions, weakness, and memory loss. Several of Dr. Owens’ former patients (plaintiffs) sued Dr. Owens’ estate (defendant) for battery, arguing that Dr. Owens’ performance of dental procedures on them was offensive because he was HIV-positive, and that when they learned of his illness after their treatment it caused them mental anguish. The patients claimed that Dr. Owens cut himself at least once while working on a patient. None of the patients tested positive for HIV. The Superior Court granted summary judgment in favor of Dr. Owens’ estate, and the patients appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Walsh, J.)
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