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Question of Fact Whether the “Danger Invites Rescue” Doctrine Applied; Plaintiff Allegedly Hurt Her Back Trying to Prevent a Patient From Falling When Defendant’s Employee Improperly Used a Hoyer Lift to Transfer the Patient From a Wheel Chair to a Bed

The Fourth Department, reversing (modifying) Supreme Court, determined there was a question of fact whether the “danger invites rescue” doctrine applied. One of defendant’s employees tried to use a Hoyer lift to transfer the patient plaintiff was accompanying from a wheel chair to a bed. The lift began to tip over and plaintiff allegedly hurt her back trying to prevent the patient from falling: “For the rescue doctrine to apply, ‘it is sufficient that [the] plaintiff held a reasonable belief of imminent peril of serious injury to another, and it matters not that the peril feared did not materialize’ ... “. Payne v. Rome Mem. Hosp., 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 08024, Fourth Dept 11-8-19

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