LA County in $3M settlement of hospital death case

April 9, 2009 2:37:50 PM PDT
Los Angeles County supervisors have agreed to a $3 million settlement with the children of a woman who died after writhing in pain for nearly an hour on the floor of a public hospital. Attorney Franklin Casco Jr., who represented Edith Rodriguez's three grown children, said Thursday each child was awarded $1 million, less legal fees.

Rodriguez died in May 2007 after going to the troubled Martin Luther King-Harbor Hospital. She had been seen at the hospital several times during the month before and despite yelling in pain was not seen by medical staff.

She died of a perforated bowel shortly after she was arrested inside the hospital on an outstanding warrant on a parole violation.

Casco says the lawsuit against the county was dismissed Monday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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