California Supreme Court
331 P.3d 179 (2014)
Carolyn Gregory (plaintiff) was a caregiver for Bernard Cott’s (defendant) 85-year-old wife Lorraine (defendant), who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Gregory had cared for other patients with Alzheimer’s disease and knew that they had violent tendencies. While Gregory was doing the dishes, Lorraine became violent, ultimately causing Gregory to be injured by a knife. Gregory brought a negligence suit against the Cotts. The trial court granted the Cotts summary judgment. The appellate court affirmed based on the primary assumption of risk doctrine. Gregory appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Corrigan, J.)
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