PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court says hospitals can be sued under a
state law intended to protect vulnerable or incapacitated adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation.
The justices on Monday unanimously rejected hospitals’ arguments that the Adult
Protective Services Act only applies to long-term care facilities and the
hospitals only provide treatment, not care.
The Supreme Court said hospitals may provide care along with treatment and that
the adult-protection law doesn’t exempt hospitals as it does physicians and
certain other categories of care providers.
The Supreme Court’s ruling overturns two trial judges’ rulings in favor of
Phoenix-area hospitals sued by estates in two wrongful-death cases.