North Carolina officials have agreed to pay $425,000 to the family of a man who was mistakenly declared dead and shipped to a morgue in 2005.
The Charlotte Observer reports the payment settles a lawsuit that alleges the mix-up by a medical examiner left Larry Green paralyzed and with severe brain damage.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services says the settlement avoids a long trial. The spokesman did not answer questions about the settlement.
Green was hit by a car in Franklin County. Emergency workers found no vital signs as he lay face down with a head wound.
The medical examiner arrived and ordered that Green be shipped to a morgue where he was discovered to be alive after he was removed from a refrigerator there.
Topics North Carolina
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