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Gould v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co.
Wisconsin Supreme Court
543 N.W.2d 282 (1996)
Ronald Monicken (defendant) was institutionalized at the St. Croix Health Care Center because he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Monicken was often disoriented, resistant to care, and occasionally combative. Sheri Gould (plaintiff) was the head nurse of the center’s dementia unit. Gould took care of Monicken on several occasions and knew of Monicken’s condition and behaviors. One day, Monicken went into another patient’s room, and Gould attempted to redirect him to his own room. Gould touched Monicken on the elbow, and Monicken knocked her to the floor, causing an injury. Gould and her husband sued Monicken and his insurer, American Family Mutual Insurance Co. (defendant). The trial court entered judgment against Monicken and American Family. On appeal, the judgment was reversed, and the case was remanded. Gould petitioned the Wisconsin Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bradley, J.)
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