Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Alleges That a Woman Froze to Death in a California Hospital

A plaintiff in a medical malpractice case in California claims a hospital negligently placed a live patient in a morgue freezer and froze her to death. The plaintiff family of the deceased originally sued for the mishandling of a corpse, claiming negligent infliction of emotional distress damages. New evidence, however, caused the family to sue for wrongful death. The case was originally dismissed, but was revived by a California court of appeals. The hospital has expressed remorse, but does not comment on pending cases. CNN has the story by video here. This blog has written about medical malpractice, hospital safety, and tort reform on other posts, such as this one here.

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