"New York City has agreed to pay $2 million to avoid a potential wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a woman who died on the emergency room floor of a city run psychiatric hospital after waiting over 24 hours for medical attention.
The hospital waiting room death of Esmin Green, 49, on July 2, 2008, at Kings County Hospital Center, received national attention after a video surfaced of the Jamaican immigrant being stepped over by hospital staff as she lay dying.
New York Citys Health and Hospitals Corporation accepted full responsibility for her death, and the City and Greens family say that the settlement will not affect criminal investigations currently underway.
Green, who suffered from depression, died from blood clots that moved from her legs to her lungs. In the video, Green can be seen kicking her legs in agony on the floor as staff ignore her. She was dead for an hour before a nurse came and checked her pulse..."