Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman settles her workers’ comp case
The Los Angeles County woman who gave birth to eight children -- and was promptly dubbed "Octomom" -- has agreed to settle a workers' compensation case against a hospital where she was injured more than a decade ago.
Nadya Suleman, mother of octuplets and six other children, will receive $40,000 from representatives of Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, according to a copy of the settlement provided to The Times by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
Suleman was working as a psychiatric technician at the hospital in 1999 when she suffered a back injury during a disturbance at the facility. She returned to work only briefly and collected almost $170,000 in disability payments between 2000 and 2008, the documents show.
Of the $40,000 settlement, the documents show that Suleman will actually receive $23,120. That's after deductions of $6,000 for attorney fees and $10,880 for permanent disability payments already provided to Suleman, the documents show.
Suleman continues to grab headlines. Last month, she accepted an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: $5,000 and a month's supply of vegan hot dogs and hamburger patties in exchange for allowing the animal-rights group to place an ad on her lawn. The ad read: "Don't let your dog or cat become an 'octomom.' Always spay or neuter."
She and her family have faced foreclosure and other financial woes. Suleman was widely criticized after the birth of the octuplets for her reliance on food stamps and other forms of public assistance. She called food stamps and other public aid she has received "a temporary resource." In November, she said in an interview with NBC News that she was no longer receiving food stamps or other public assistance.
-- Patrick J. McDonnell