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Guardians of man wrongly declared dead on hook for lawsuit costs

Posted October 4, 2013

Larry Donnell Green

— The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday that the guardians of a Franklin County man mistakenly declared dead in 2005 after he was struck by a car are liable for all legal costs surrounding their unsuccessful lawsuit in the case.

Larry Donnell Green was walking along U.S. Highway 401 north of Louisburg on Jan. 24, 2005, when he was hit by a car. Paramedics responding to the accident declared Green dead, although they didn't thoroughly examine him.

Green was rushed from the morgue to the hospital about 2½ hours after the accident when the medical examiner noticed that he was breathing. He has needed 24-hour care ever since.

State courts a few years ago turned back a lawsuit against fire and rescue workers and the medical examiner, saying that their actions didn't amount to gross negligence. Green's guardians were ordered to pay court costs, but costs continued to pile up before a final judgment was entered.

The defendants sought to have the guardians pay those additional costs, and the Supreme Court agreed.


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  • LastSon1981 Oct 7, 2013

    Now people are complaining about ambulance chasing attorneys at least they are working. Guess with some people down if you do down if you dont

  • beachboater Oct 7, 2013

    I agree with disgusted2010. The ambulance chasing attorneys that probably got this started should be made to pay the costs.

  • westernwake1 Oct 4, 2013

    This entire situation is a mess.

  • 007KnightRider Oct 4, 2013

    It's sad that the family has to pay for the actions of the first responders.

  • 678devilish Oct 4, 2013

    What a shame!

  • cn38of50 Oct 4, 2013

    So are they saying the injuries would have been the same even if he had been treated immediately? Any answer other than a definite yes should be negligence!

    All I can say is I hope those paramedics NEVER respond to an accident involving anyone I know!

  • disgusted2010 Oct 4, 2013

    Great news, maybe those who always want something for nothing will think twice before they file frivolous law suits.

  • jzdukefan Oct 4, 2013

    Those 2&1/2 hours could of made a huge difference in his life now. I dont agree with this. The government gives away money for stuff that isnt even close to this. Imagine how that family suffers everyday.

  • Endymion Oct 4, 2013

    Declaring a living person dead and sending them to the morgue bagged up in a nearly airtight body bag doesn't amount to gross negligence?