Quantcast
Home / Home news / Arizona court: Law allows suits against hospitals

Arizona court: Law allows suits against hospitals

healthcare medical hospitalA new Arizona court decision says lawsuits filed under a state law to protect vulnerable or incapacitated adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation can be filed against hospitals.

The state Court of Appeals decision overturns two trial judges’ rulings that the Adult Protective Services Act doesn’t apply to acute-care hospitals.

Hospital groups argued that the law was intended to apply only to long-term care facilities, not to hospitals.

The Court of Appeals disagreed, ruling that the law exempts physicians and certain other specified care providers but not hospitals.

The Court of Appeals decision was handed down on consolidated cases involving lawsuits filed on behalf of two people.

With this week’s ruling by a three-judge panel, those lawsuits can now proceed in court.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

 

x

Check Also

July 21, 2016 file photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Associated Press)

Reports show Arpaio spent $12.6 million in re-election bid

The final campaign finance reports from the Maricopa County sheriff's election show that Republican Joe Arpaio spent a total of $12.6 million in his unsuccessful bid for a seventh term in office.