Family Wants $25M Over Hospital Death

Woman left to die on floor 'killed twice' by staff at NY facility
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 11:03 AM CDT
In this photo taken from video provided by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Esmin Green lies face down on the floor in the psychiatric ward of the Kings County Hospital, N.Y., June 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/New York Civil Liberties Union)
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(Newser) – The family of the woman who died on the waiting-room floor in a Brooklyn hospital plans to sue for $25 million, CNN reports. Esmin Green’s relatives are also pushing for criminal charges against the hospital staff, who they say ignored her and falsified records to say she was up and about when she was actually lying ignored on the floor, dying.

“My sister was killed twice,” said Green’s sister. “First, by those who neglected to offer her the needed health care. Secondly, she was killed by those who tried to cover up this criminal action.” Seven workers have been fired or suspended since the incident. “We failed Esmin Green and believe her family deserves fair and just compensation,” the responsible city agency said in a statement.