Will a release of liability protect me in home personal care?

a non-family member has requested my assistance with caring for a stroke victim. I am trying to figure out if a generic release of liability would protect me, or if I should just refuse and refer them to a care facility. I am comfortable in helping with daily activities as I took a CNA class, but have not yet been licensed, as it was taken as a prerequisite course. There is a lot that could potentially go wrong, and I do not want to put myself and family in a vulnerable position, but at the same time could really use the little extra income helping this person out. any feedback would be appreciated

Asked on April 11, 2017 under Malpractice Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Refuse and refer them. A release does not protect you from your own negligence or carelessness, only from the normal risks of the activity. Caring for someone when you are not licensed or experienced in doing so can easily be seen as careless; you could be liable for any harm they suffer due to your acts or omissions.

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