Wife: Kaiser Won't Produce Brain Damaged Man's Records
5-9-2013 17:48:00

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (CN) - Kaiser Foundation Hospitals will not give up medical records for a severely brain damaged man, his wife, who may want to pursue a legal action, claims in a petition to filed in San Bernardino County Court.

Rosa Sanchez, as guardian ad litem for her incapacitated husband, Juan Cintora, filed a petition to enforce access to medical records against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

Sanchez wants records of Cintora's Kaiser stay in August and September 2012, which Kaiser has not allowed her to have copied and sent to the Law Offices of Michels & Watkins, she says in her petition for records.

"Juan is severely brain damaged. He is unable to walk, talk, sit up, eat or do any daily living activities. He is completely dependent upon others for his care and he will never be able to be independent or work again," Sanchez says in the English translation of her declaration.

"The petitioner is contemplating filing an action for damages in the Superior Court, for the injuries that Mr. Cintora suffered. The petitioner and her counsel need the respondent's records in order to evaluate and pursue the case," the petition says.

Sanchez also requests $3,725 to cover costs and attorney's fees for bringing the petition.

She is represented by Philip Michels, Shirley K. Watkins, and Steven B. Stevens of the Law Offices of Michels & Watkins in Los Angeles.