Monday, February 29, 2016
Is Kaiser Hospital Pursuing Frivolous Restraining Orders Against its Patients?
In the past two weeks, I have personally encountered two separate people who have been served with very questionable restraining orders by Kaiser Hospitals. Two isolated cases don't necessarily make a pattern, but they raise some questions.
A couple weeks ago, I successfully defended a young quadriplegic man against a nonsense "workplace violence" restraining order that Kaiser Hospital had filed on behalf of several nurses. The nurses unconvincingly claimed that they feared for their safety, and requested that the court intercede by evicting a paralyzed man from his hospital bed. A judge declined to issue the order and my client was permitted to remain in the facility.
A few days later, I spoke to an MS patient who claims that Kaiser obtained a bogus "civil harassment" restraining order against her. I was not personally involved in her case, but she tells me that she was treated at Kaiser and that she had sent her doctor a "thank you" gift. She denies engaging in any behavior that would constitute the basis for a restraining order and she was genuinely confused as to why her hospital would take such a course of action. Unfortunately, she failed to respond to the restraining order petition in a timely manner and the court entered a default judgement against her.
Are these two anecdotal cases indicative of a larger pattern? Are Kaiser Hospitals abusing the restraining order process against their own patients? I don't have enough information to make such a bold accusation right now, but it's something that I'm genuinely interested in learning more about.
If you or a loved one has been served with a restraining order by Kaiser Hospitals, call us for a free consultation. (714) 449-3335.
Our office has extensive experience in defending against restraining order petitions in all Southern California courts. If we can successfully show that Kaiser is abusing the process by pursuing frivolous restraining orders against its own patients, you may be entitled to compensation.
Thanks for reading.