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Severely Injured Teen to Get $250,000 Settlement for Tragic Fight

The lawsuit alleges negligence by Fire Department paramedics and Sheriff's Department deputies who attended the minor's injuries after a gang related altercation at McDonald's in Weho.

The Board of Supervisors approved a $250,000 settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County paramedics by the parents of a 17-year-old boy who has been in a persistent vegetative state for more than two years.

Andriy Sviridov of Los Angeles was involved in a fight in the parking lot of in West Hollywood on Nov. 17, 2009. Some onlookers said that he had been trying to break up the fight, according to the county's court papers.

When county Fire Department paramedics arrived on the scene and examined Sviridov, he had no physical complaints, chest pain, nausea or visible trauma, according to documentation provided by county attorneys.

All of Sviridov's vital signs were within normal limits and he did not want to go to the hospital, so paramedics released him to his 20-year-old brother, according to the county counsel's office.

The next morning, L.A. Fire Department paramedics responded to a 911 call from the boy's home and found him unconscious, his eyes fixed and dilated—the result of bleeding in his brain, according to the county counsel.

The teen was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he remained for more than two months before being transferred to a long-term care facility, where he remains in a persistent vegetative state.

The family sued the county, contending that paramedics were negligent in not taking the boy to a hospital after the fight.

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Richard Pietrasz March 04, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The above comment by Chloe Ross is right on, but not right on the money. A likely complication is the high cost of performing the appropriate procedures in the ER. If the family had no health insurance, it may have been charged double: thousands of dollars just for diagnostics. The deceased may have been a victim of politics, killed by the lack of a single-payer health care system.
A different Paul March 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM
A friend of mine went to the hospital after he was beat up by strangers as he walked home one evening and was found unconscious in a pool of blood in front of his apartment- he is still paying off his health insurance deductible- even if you have insurance a trip to the hospital can significantly impact your life. The entire system is pretty messed up- in a real way one almost has to accept the idea that if an accident happens to you - even if it is no fault of your own- it can financially destroy you and your family. Be careful out there. I can completely understand why the young man did not want to go the hospital. As the previous comments have said, it is a complicated situation and I don't see how the paramedics were in the wrong with the circumstances they were given. But I am sure the money involved will be sorely needed for the medical costs incurred.
The laughing policeman March 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
This is a tragic story, made even more sad by the efforts of the family to wring a few more dollars from the county to beneft themselves. Hopefully they will put the money to good use by giving it to a trauma center or providing money to an attorney to ask that people in fights without sign of trauma be taken to a hospital against their will. This does nothing but don't the brother or family share any culpability in his death? What were their efforts to check on the victim to make sure that was okay.
DV March 06, 2012 at 09:53 PM
He's not dead, people....he's in a persistant vegetative state. Read.
Chloe Ross March 06, 2012 at 10:42 PM
And in some minds it may have been better for him to have died. This situation is a living death for the family and friends. We cannot know what the boy is thinking or if he thinks at all. A brain bleed is a dead end injury. The worse it is the worse it is. Dutch Prince in London is in the same condition. The brain does not regenerate. Family sits by the bed and prays and cries and gets angry but in the end - none of that has much effect on the victim. Get in the ambulance and go. F*ck the money. My spouse was pistol whipped and didnot get treatment for days and has not been out of pain for 14 years. It is a horrible injury. The amount settled is insulting. It will cost millions for his care - not meds - just space he needs to be a vegetable - and be turned and fed and helped to breath. Good God.

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