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Dorothy and Daniel Rosenbaum lost their father, 63-year-old longtime New York Times reporter and editor David Rosenbaum, after a brutal beating by two robbers near his Northwest Washington home in January. His children now plan to seek $20 million in damages in a lawsuit against the District of Columbia, Howard University, Howard University Hospital, and two of the hospital’s doctors. Patrick Regan, the family’s attorney, says the suit will be filed on Nov. 20 in D.C. Superior Court, and he provided a copy of the complaint to Legal Times. “The problem here, at every turn, is if people had simply done their job, he would be alive,” Regan says. “[The family] wants to make sure that systematic changes are made to prevent this from happening in the future.” The complaint consists of five counts, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, and negligence. A D.C. inspector general report revealed a series of failures by the D.C. Fire Department and Howard University Hospital personnel who treated Rosenbaum. According to both that report and the complaint, paramedics mistakenly assumed an unconscious Rosenbaum was intoxicated and failed to adequately assess his injuries. Rosenbaum was transported to Howard University Hospital as a low-priority case and was not examined by a doctor there for more than 90 minutes despite clear evidence of head trauma, the complaint states. Rosenbaum died at the hospital two days after the Jan. 6 beating. The complaint also claims the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department failed to investigate the beating of a retired D.C. police sergeant two months earlier by one or both of the men who attacked Rosenbaum. Last month, a jury convicted 42-year-old Percey Jordan of first-degree murder for Rosenbaum’s death after his cousin, 24-year-old Michael Hamlin, testified against him. Hamlin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a plea deal.
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