Video Shows Woman Ignored While Dying in New York Mental Hospital

Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Article from Associated Press as reported by FoxNews

After watching the video I was in disbelief that someone actually let this happen with no conscience at all.  I guess by now I shouldn’t be shocked by what people allow to happen when they could have helped but something like this makes me feel ashamed to think there are people that can ignore a situation like this………flagranny2

 

BROOKLYN, N.Y. —  Stunning video from a surveillance camera at a Brooklyn hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency room while staffers ignore her.

The video was released by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital alleging neglect and abuse of mental health patients at the medical facility.

Click here to watch the video.

(when you click on this vide it will take you to the one or several ones taken from different views however the one that was originally posted that I first saw closer resembels the 3rd one down on the list at the right where she was completely ignored.) …flagranny2

The video shows the 49-year-old woman falling out of her chair at about 5:30 a.m. June 19, then lying face-down on the floor and thrashing around before going still. The woman died.

People nearby, including two security guards, do nothing to help. An hour passes before a fellow patient finally gets the attention of a staffer.

The tape also suggests that staff at the hospital might have faked medical charts belonging to the victim, Esmin Green, to cover her lack of treatment, the New York Daily News reported.

Her medical chart claims the Jamaica native got up to walk to the bathroom when she was actually writhing on the floor, the News reported. The records also have Green sitting quietly in her chair when she was already dead.

“Thank God for the videotape because no one would have believed this could have happened,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, told the Daily News.

The agency that runs the municipal hospital — the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. — fired six staffers, including the two security guards.

Click here for more on this story from the New York Daily News.

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The man who sued his dry-cleaner for $65,500,000…(do pants cost that much?)

It is people like this man and the others that are included in this article that makes me what to scream.  Yet we can’t put the full blame on the people as the rest of the blame has to lay on the shoulders of the judicial system that allows such ridiculous settlements to exist. 

As a tax payer, to know that my money is going toward paying a jury that actually comes up with the agreement of a settlement of such outlandish amounts I’m furious.  I don’t know what can be done or how we can stop it but I sure as hell would love to find a way. 

Of course we can’t forget the sleazy lawyers who get clients to sue, except in this judge’s case.  I hate to think what court cases this judge handles but I know one thing I hope he loses not only his case but “his pants” and “his robe”.  He should be brought before the “ABA” and properly punished as a disgrace to the profession.  What kind of a roll model does he set not only among his peers but for anyone who appears in his court as well let alone his family and friends if he has any left….

Hell, my next question is, if I cut myself with a knife I purchased either online or from a local store, can I sue the merchant, the manufacturer?  Also if I bought it online, let’s say from “eBay”, can I sue them too, after all they allowed the product to be sold through their service.   

Ok, I’ve ranted on enough, on with the article…..

The man who sued his dry-cleaner for $65,500,000… (and other weird tales from the litigation front line of America)
By Andrew Buncombe
Published: 03 May 2007

There was a scene of quiet but efficient activity inside Custom Cleaners.

Staff at the rear were busily sorting out piles of garments while at the front of the store, the owner Soo Chung and her husband Jin, were dealing with customers with clothes to be cleaned and pressed. Mrs Chung gave a smile but she did not appear to be very happy. “We have a big problem,” she told The Independent yesterday morning. “A big problem.”

To be precise the Chungs are facing a $65m (£33m) problem in the form of a lawsuit regarding a pair of trousers belonging to a judge that the couple allegedly misplaced. $65m just for a simple pair of grey trousers?, one might gasp incredulously. The Chungs would share such bewilderment. If they were in the mood for levity – and they are not – they might say they were being taken to the cleaners.

“They are good people,” said the couple’s lawyer, Christopher Manning. “The Chungs have suffered both emotionally and physically [as a result of this lawsuit]. They are unable to sleep, they are very stressed. They are even considering moving back to South Korea.” He added: “They came here seeking the American dream but Roy Pearson has made it an American nightmare.”

Roy Pearson is the man behind this unlikely lawsuit, that hints at the lunacy that sometimes grips the litigation process in this most litigious of countries. Mr Pearson is a regular customer of the Chungs’ dry-cleaning business, located between an off-licence and a Chinese take-away in a strip mall in east Washington, but moreover, Mr Pearson knows a thing or two about the law; he is an administrative judge with the city authorities.

The twisting tale of Mr Pearson’s missing trousers began in the spring of 2005 when he had been appointed to his current position and was about to take up his position on the bench. According to court papers filed by Mr Pearson, he discovered that five Hickey Freeman suits that he took out of his cupboard were “uncomfortably tight”.

He asked the Chungs to do some alterations on the waistbands of the trousers, asking them to let them out by two or three inches. He decided he would take them in for alteration one at a time. Mr Pearson claims that when he took in the grey trousers with red stripes for the $10.50 alteration on 3 May 2005, he was told they would be ready for him to wear when he started work on 6 May. But on 5 May they were not ready to be picked up and when he called back the following morning he was told that the trousers had been misplaced. The loss of the trousers and his inability to wear them for his first proud day in court caused him “mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort”, claims Mr Pearson.

The Chungs, who have had their business for 12 years, agreed to compensate Mr Pearson for his loss, offering first $3,000 and then $4,600. Mr Pearson declined such offers and the Chungs raised their offer to $12,000, many times more than the $800 Mr Pearson says he paid for the trousers. But the judge even refused that amount. Instead he used his knowledge of the city’s statutes to come up with the eye-watering compensation claim that has led observers to claim that the case reveals some of the worst aspects of the US litigation system and highlights the need for urgent reform.

Mr Pearson based his $65,462,500 claim on two signs that the Chungs had hung inside their dry-cleaning store. One of the signs read “Satisfaction Guaranteed” while the other said “Same-Day Service”. Based on these signs Mr Pearson has argued that he is entitled to $1,500 per violation – that is $1,500 for each of the 120 days that the two signs were in the Chungs’ store. (He is also multiplying each violation by three because he is suing Mr and Mrs Chung and their son.) He has added to that $500,000 for “emotional damages” and $542,500 in legal fees, even though he is representing himself. And in an ingenious way to get even more money out of the Chungs, he has asked for $15,000 to cover the cost of hiring a rental car at weekends for the next 10 years. He bases this final element of his sought-for compensation package on the argument that having shown themselves to be unreliable, the Chungs have forced him to drive to an alternative dry-cleaners to take care of his weekly laundry needs for the foreseeable future.

The case of the $65m lawsuit has gripped the legal world of Washington, where lawyers are as commonplace as politicians, and has been seized on by a multitude of bloggers, most of whom appear to believe Mr Pearson is acting a little oddly. But the Chungs see nothing funny about their predicament.

“It’s not humorous, not funny and nobody would have thought that something like this would have happened,” Mrs Chung told ABC News. “I would have never thought it would have dragged on this long. I don’t want to live here anymore. It’s been so difficult. I just want to go home, go back to Korea.”

Her husband said: “It’s affecting us first of all financially, because of all the lawyers’ fees. For two years, we’ve been paying lawyer fees… we’ve gotten bad credit as well, and secondly, it’s been difficult, mentally and physically, because of the level of stress. I’ve been in the dry-cleaning business for 14 years, but this has never ever happened before – if anything happened to our customers’ clothing we would always compensate them accordingly and fairly.”

Campaigners have demanded action. The American Tort Reform Association (Atra) has written to city officials asking them to consider whether Mr Pearson has the appropriate “judicial temperament” for his job.

“The District’s consumer protection act and many others in states across the country are well-intentioned but loosely worded,” said Atra’s president, Sherman Joyce. “Judge Pearson’s lawsuit appears to be a somewhat typical, if wholly outrageous example of the exploitation such laws are increasingly subject to these days.” Yet with still no agreement between Mr Pearson and the Chungs, the case is due in court next month. Mr Pearson has said he intends to call 63 witnesses to support his case.

At Custom Cleaners, the Chungs go about their normal business and their customers keep coming with their clothes. “Oh, is this the place? I saw it on the news,” said one regular, who declined to be named, as she left the store yesterday. “It sounds like this man [Mr Pearson] wants to make some money.” The final twist to the story of Mr Pearson’s misplaced trousers is that – according to the Chungs – they turned up a few days after they went missing. Mr Pearson denies they are the same pair of trousers but the Chungs and their lawyer, Mr Manning, are adamant. Mr Manning said the trousers were currently being held in a place of “safe keeping”.

The woman who sued… McDonald’s for $2.7m

Perhaps America’s most notorious personal injury suit was launched by Stella Liebeck, an 81-year-old former department store assistant from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who sued McDonald’s in 1994 for serving its coffee too hot.

Liebeck’s injuries were certainly genuine – she had third-degree burns on her groin, thighs and buttocks where she spilled her coffee – but the punitive damages she was awarded, $2.7m, struck much of the country as excessive to the point of absurdity. Many McDonald’s customers bought the coffee precisely because they liked it hot. The award was lowered to $480,000 on appeal.

The wife who… got ‘sales rage’ and then sued for $600,000

In 2002, Carolyn Wells from Tennessee got into a fight with another customer at the after-Christmas sales at the J C Penney department store. Her reaction was to sue the store for $600,000 claiming that J C Penney was responsible for the injuries she sustained during the scuffle. Her husband, Robert, also sued the store, claiming loss of her earnings, service and company. He also sued for loss of “consortium” – a delightful legal term for sex. The argument revolved around two crystal bear figurines. The Tennessee court of appeals dismissed the case saying that retail stores could not be held responsible for the “cut-throat arena of after-Christmas bargain shopping”.

The man who sued… ‘Jackass’ for $10m

In 2002, a man from Hot Springs, Montana, sued the media conglomerate Viacom for $10m claiming that its hit television show Jackass, subsequently turned into a movie, plagiarised his name and defamed his good character.

The plaintiff’s legal name was, indeed, Jack Ass, a moniker he had acquired five years earlier in an effort, he said, to draw attention to the dangers of drunk driving. (“Be a smart ass, not a dumb ass” was one of his slogans.) The man, who was born Bob Croft, acted as his own counsel. It is not clear whether the case ever made it to court.

The man who sued… a strip club for $100,000

In 1996, Bennie Casson of Belleville, Illinois, demanded $100,000 in compensation from a strip club after a dancer slammed her remarkably large breasts into his head causing what he described as a “bruised, contused, lacerated neck”.

Susan Sykes, known by her stage name Busty Hart, boasted an 88-inch chest which supposedly caused him “emotional distress, mental anguish and indignity”. The suit made Casson a laughing stock, and his case ground to a halt after one lawyer dropped out and he realised he could not afford another.

Three years later, he shot himself in the head.

The woman who sued… her employers for $2.7m

A convenience store worker in West Virginia won $2.7m in punitive damages after she injured her back opening a pickle jar in 1997. Cheryl Vandevender claimed she had been mistreated by her employers over a long period and was forced to lift heavy objects even after it was clear it was causing her medical distress. But a state Supreme Court judge, Spike Maynard, called the award an “outrageous sum” and had it reduced by half a million

And I ask Why?

Is it any wonder that more people can tell you the names of Brad and Angelina’s baby and Tom and Katie’s baby than they can tell you the name of a soldier over in Iraq sacrificing his life for our country when we have the media giving more time to celebrities like they are the heroes. Who is to blame?

In one way we have to blame the media for succumbing to the public’s greatest interests which undoubtedly is that of celebrities.  How sad is it to think that people are more interested in the lives of celebrities and look at them as heroes when they are getting paid millions and living a life of luxury with no worries of where their next meal is coming from or if they will be able to pay their next month’s rent, yet our troops are getting paid a pauper’s salary compared to what the celebs get and are fighting and sacrificing their life for our country.  And I ask why……

If any of you have ever watched Jay Leno and The Tonight Show and have seen the segment called “Jay Walking” you will understand what I’m about to say.  For those who have not seen it, I hope that at some point you will get a chance to watch it and see for yourself. 

His “Jay Walking” segment is a reality check for the future of our country.  In some segments he goes out on the street, stops people and asks will ask random questions as tonight asking about who would take over if the president died, a few did say the vice president but after that they have no idea.  Then he asked someone who said they were a republican and asked them who they voted for in the presidential election, they said they didn’t know their name but it was the one who was republican.  Half of the people couldn’t even name where the war was only saying “in that country over there by Saddam.”  The clincher was when he asked someone if they knew the name of Brad and Angelina’s baby and they answered that correctly.  And I ask why……

I know in my home town newspaper “The Orlando Sentinel” on the inside of the first page there is a section titled “Celebrity Update” in regular font size.  On the opposite page in much smaller print (you almost needed a magnifying glass to read it) was a list of local servicemen who had died.  I found that so disgraceful that I wrote the paper and told them so and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it but I have noticed that the size of the print has increased and you can actually read it without a magnifying glass.

Our Patritoism seems to last for the moment in time such as 9/11 but how quickly we revert back to the way it was before that dreadful day.  And I ask why?