Most medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence that involve a misdiagnosis usually claim that such an error lead to a patient’s suffering or death. Yet what if the misdiagnosis is death? In all seriousness, there is a reason why a qualified medical professional is required in order to pronounce one dead. Yet these professionals are subject to error just like any other medical provider, and as outlandish as it may seem that they might mistakenly diagnose someone as being dead, there is a precedent for such cases.
A California family is currently dealing with such a case themselves. They had originally brought a lawsuit claiming that their mother’s body was mishandled after she was found face down inside a morgue freezer with cuts, bruises, and a broken nose. Yet they now have reason to believe that the woman was not dead, despite being pronounced so by doctors following her heart attack. Their belief is supported by a pathologist who testified during their original lawsuit that the injuries to the woman occurred trying to free herself from the freezer. It’s believed now that she froze to death inside of the freezer. The family has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where she was pronounced dead.