The lawsuit filed Wednesday on her behalf alleges that Kaiser Permanente’s Wailuku facility improperly discharged Wellman after she sought psychological treatment and medical assistance for depression and suicidal thoughts a day before the crash.
Wellman was acquitted of murder charges after doctors testified that she was physically and mentally impaired at the time of the crash, and was sent to be confined to the Hawaii State Hospital on Oahu.
A Maui woman who was being considered for conditional release from the Hawaii State Hospital is suing Kaiser Permanente on allegations the Maui hospital improperly discharged her before she caused a fatal car crash.
Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Earlier this summer, Wellman was set to be released from Hawaii State Hospital on the condition she would receive 24-hour intensive case management and attend mental health treatment, according to Maui News. This lawsuit was filed the same day a judge had set a court date to review her transition to the transitional living program.
Kaiser Permanente spokeswoman Laura Lott told Civil Beat the hospital would not comment on ongoing litigation.
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