Family Of Man Mistakenly Thought Dead Sues Medical Officials

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

A lawsuit filed by the family of a living man who was declared dead and taken to a morgue alleges the mistake led to injuries from which he might never recover.

Larry D. Green was walking across a highway north of Louisburg in
2005 when he was hit by a car. The lawsuit filed this month says
medical officials inadequately checked his vital signs after the accident. He was put into a body bag and sent to the morgue, where a medical examiner began a forensic examination.

The lawsuit says emergency responders at the scene didn't use monitors that would have showed that Green's heart was beating. It
also alleges that the medical examiner disregarded signs that Green
was alive.

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  • by reader Location: North Carolina on Dec 29, 2007 at 05:21 PM
    I was flabbergasted when I learned of this incident. The fact that trained medical professionals were so careless about the issue questions me. Inadequately checking vital signs can lead to the wrong perception of someone being dead who is actually alive. However, I hope that many medical professionals learn from this incident.
  • by Ashley Location: North Carolina on Dec 28, 2007 at 07:30 AM
    As a certified EMT-B in NOrth Carolina I am dumbfounded that a trained medical professional can make that mistake. I think not only does the man and his family deserve a personal appology from those involved in the incident, but also financial compensation from the physical, and emotional trauma incurred.

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