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L.A. County approves $207,000 settlement to patient who jumped from hospital window

Read the document: Ramiro Polanco and Ana Linares v. County of Los Angeles, et al. Los Angeles County supervisors approved a settlement Tuesday of nearly $207,000 to a psychiatric patient who jumped out of a window at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in 2008 and injured his head.

The patient, Ramiro A. Polanco, later filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, which operates Olive View-UCLA, alleging that the Sylmar hospital "failed to adequately supervise him and failed to prevent him from jumping out of the window," according to a summary of the settlement provided to the Board of Supervisors.

The county has paid more than $100,000 in attorney fees in the case to date.

In a corrective action plan, county officials said they have since made the windows "psychiatric safe" with reinforced panes and provided education to the nursing staff on assessing patients' behavior.


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" Food for thought". Sometimes people with "mental disease" have control they choose to act in a way to get what they want. It is like a 2 year old throwing themselves on the floor and screaming. Not every patient who complains of a sickness/illness will get 1 on 1 care to make sure they don't do some thing stupid. Another poster said it was a drunk guy who jumped out of a window..... stupid him he should not get money. Being drunk is not a good reason to throw yourself out of a window. It would be nice to legally tie down every drunk just for going to the hospital. Sadly you can't do that. We wonder why health care costs so much! Everyone thinks miracles can happen when you have limited supplies and an astronomical amount of people trying to use them all. Then we pay people off for their stupidity. Hopefully this guy gets a healthy dose of Karma.

Oh, wow. That's great, If I try to kill myself while at a county, city, any government facility, and do not succeed in dying, they owe me money! Nice, where do I sign up!!!!!!!

That $207,000 should be coming out of the board of supervisors pay.

We should NOT be funding Psychiatric hospitals they are a business for goodness sake. They make more money from Big Pharma payoffs for putting them on their evil drugs and over charging Medicare and Medical/cade than anything else.


Hey Pablo, dont' tell me to "pipe down" when you don't know what the heck you're talking about. Where in my post I said that there's an unlimited amount of money. This WILL make mental hospitals care and do their jobs and have the patients best interest before they treat them like cattle.

To C Shehann, thank you for your post. And to "pablo" are you that stupid? Someone can have a nervous breakdown and be out in public and be sent to a mental hospital and if the hospital does not provide proper SAFE care for your own safety you can end up hurting yourself. You can't be that stupid!!

Furthermore, this is part of the problem why people with mental disorders do not fully accept their condition because of the prejudice and stigma in society, judging from all the comments on here.

It's very simple really. If you're stupid, they pay you out. If you're legitimately harmed, you have to fight forever. It's insanity, and a perfect example of the argument for anarchy.

Why would the County give our money away to a guy who jumped out a window. We should be charging him and his lawyer for fixing the window and not paying his hospital bill.

The inmates run both institutions, the hospital and the county. Why do you wonder why we are broke?

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