Taylor & Ring, a Los Angeles-based trial law firm, filed a lawsuit against Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital (Cottage) and nursing assistant Pedro Perez Hernandez on behalf of 69-year-old Manuel T. and his wife Michelle T. alleging sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, elder abuse and negligence. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Hernandez inappropriately touched Manuel and another patient’s private parts and that Cottage officials purposefully concealed the information.
“This is the third individual who has been sexually victimized at Cottage,” says attorney Louanne Masry. “They have a duty and obligation to ensure their patients are safe and well cared for, and this is an outrageous disregard for patient care. Cottage administration knew what was going on and did nothing to help Manuel, nor any of their other patients.”