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Family, state settle case of Louisburg man wrongly declared dead

Posted January 19, 2015

Larry Donnell Green

— A decade after a Louisburg man was mistakenly declared dead after he was hit by a car, his family and the state have reached a settlement in the case.

Larry Donnell Green was walking along U.S. Highway 401 in Franklin County on Jan. 24, 2005, when he was hit. Paramedics responding to the accident declared Green dead, although they didn't thoroughly examine him, and they zipped him into a body bag and took him to a morgue, where the mistake was discovered.

Green was rushed from the morgue to the hospital about 2½ hours after the accident. He has needed 24-hour care since the accident.

Green's family filed a complaint against the state Department of Health and Human services in 2008, alleging that the actions of the medical examiner who ordered that Green be sent to the morgue left Green paralyzed and with severe brain damage.

Under the settlement, Green will receive $425,000.

Courts previously ruled that the former Franklin County medical examiner couldn't be sued and that others at the scene that night weren't liable because their actions didn't amount to gross negligence.

Green's family reached a $1 million settlement in 2009 with Franklin County and two paramedics.

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  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 19, 2015

    Glad this was resolved. I hope that Mr. Green will receive the 24-hour care he now needs.
    I didn't know paramedics had the authority to declare a patient dead. I thought only coroners or medical doctors had that authority.