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Personal injury suit filed after alleged morgue death

When companies or individuals are at fault or negligent and injury or death results, loved ones must consider how best to move forward. One option many families consider is filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for losses and pain and suffering. One California family is doing that after they claim their loved one died in a morgue as a result of hospital error.

According to reports, an 80-year-old woman suffered a heart attack in July 2010. She was pronounced dead and her body was brought to the morgue. The hospital claims it followed all the proper protocols in the case.

The family alleged that the woman was later found in the morgue. They said she was in an unzipped body bag. According to reports, the woman was found face down in the bag. Her nose was broken and there were bruises and cuts on her face.

The woman's family claims that she was still alive when medical staff mistakenly pronounced her dead. They said she awoke due to the cold in the morgue and tried to escape. While fighting her way out of the body bag, they say, she died.

The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the medical center. The hospital has denied the family's claims. A spokesperson for the hospital said they expect to prevail in court when all facts are presented.

Losing a loved one is very difficult, obviously, but finding out that the death was caused by the negligence of medical professionals can be traumatic. In either case, it's important to consider facts carefully and weigh all options before taking legal action.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Woman Died Trying to Escape Morgue Freezer: Lawsuit" Andrew Lopez, Apr. 03, 2014

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