LOS ANGELES (AP) A hospital has agreed to settle two lawsuits accusing it of leaving a homeless paraplegic man on Skid Row without his wheelchair, attorneys said.
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and Empire Transportation Inc., a patient transportation company, have agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Gabino Olvera, who was seen dragging himself across the pavement in a soiled gown in February 2007, said Olvera's attorney, Steven Archer.
Archer said Friday that settlement details were confidential but "it's not an insignificant amount of money."
Olvera's lawsuit alleged the hospital was negligent in its treatment, failed to diagnose and treat his urinary tract infection and mental illness, and discharged him in a helpless condition.
The incident also prompted the city attorney's office to file a related suit.
In settling that lawsuit, the hospital agreed to adopt protocols for discharging homeless patients, train their staff and keep statistics, Chief Assistant City Attorney Jeffrey Isaacs said.