McGuire v. Almy
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
8 N.E.2d 760 (Mass. 1937)
In August 1930, McGuire (plaintiff) was employed to take care of Almy (defendant). McGuire was a registered nurse. Almy was legally insane, although she was in good physical condition. For most of the time McGuire cared for Almy, she kept Almy locked in her room. Almy was occasionally violent during this time. During one particularly violent spell, Almy tore apart the furniture in her room. McGuire entered Almy’s room and tried to subdue her so she would not do harm for herself. Almy struck McGuire on the head with a piece of furniture. McGuire suffered injuries and brought suit against Almy for assault and battery. The trial court directed a verdict for Almy on the ground that she was insane and thus could not be held liable for her torts. McGuire appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Qua, J.)
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