Lawsuit Claims Psychiatric Hospital Provided "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" Care

Lawsuit Claims Psychiatric Hospital Provided A family has filed a personal injury lawsuit against an Oregon State Hospital and other persons and institutions related to it, claiming that a man residing there was subject to 15 years of inhumane treatment similar to that portrayed in the Ken Kesey novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Moises Perez, who escaped from Cuba to come to the U.S. with his family when he was 12, was later diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to the Statesman Journal. When he attacked his mother during a psychotic episode, he was placed in the state hospital.

At the facility, the personal injury lawsuit claims, he received 15 years of substandard care before dying of coronary artery disease at the age of 42. His mother, Dora Perez, claims she visited him frequently and spoke with doctors after hearing his complaints of neglect, but no changes were made in her son's treatment, the Oregonian reports.

"At the time of his death, he was suffering several ailments, including but not limited to congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and obesity," the lawsuit reads. These conditions and his early death were allegedly caused by the treatment he received at the facility.

The family seeks noneconomic damages for Perez's estate in an amount to be determined by a jury trial.