The family of a journalist whose beating death highlighted flaws in Washington D.C.’s emergency medical services is giving the city a year to improve things.
An agreement with the city settles a 20 million-dollar lawsuit filed by the family of veteran New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum, who was robbed and beaten with a heavy pipe.
The family alleged that the people responsible for helping him, from emergency medical workers to hospital staff, all failed him.
Emergency workers initially believed Rosenbaum was drunk and didn’t check to see if he had been injured. At the hospital, nurses incorrectly classified him as intoxicated and he was not quickly evaluated by a neurological team.
Under the settlement, the city won’t pay any money. Instead, the family agrees to withdraw the lawsuit and give the District of Columbia one year to improve emergency medical services. If it doesn’t, the family can refile.