Disabled Woman’s In-Home Caregiver Faces Trial Over Her Death – Bloomberg Law

A home health agency was unable to hold on to a pretrial judgment in a suit alleging its negligence caused a disabled woman’s death because expert testimony wasn’t needed to prove her estate’s claims, Alaska’s top court said.

Hope Community Resources Inc.’s alleged wrongful acts didn’t involve the exercise of professional skill or judgment, and thus Courtney Culliton’s estate alleged only ordinary negligence, the Alaska Supreme Court said.

Culliton had severe developmental disabilities and chronic seizure disorder. Hope, an in-home care provider certified by the state’s Medicaid agency, provided services for her, including serving her meals.

Because of her condition, …