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Family claims woman woke up in morgue after being pronounced dead

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.

While this might indeed seem to be a case where truth is stranger than fiction, that doesn’t do anything to soothe pain and suffering felt by her family. Indeed, the knowledge that she was made to suffer the way she did because if such a medical mistake may compound that suffering even further. Those who’ve suffered from a similar mistake may also wish to seek the assistance of an attorney to pursue action against those providers who also may have made such an unlikely error. 

Source: Insurance Journal “Malpractice Suit Over Frozen California Woman to Proceed” Apr. 04, 2014

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