Lawsuit Says Ambulance Firm Dissected Man’s Brain

February 23, 2012

A Northern California coroner is being sued by the parents of a man whose brain was given to an ambulance company for dissection.

The New York couple’s 30-year-old son was killed in a 2008 car crash.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Jerald and Sandy Wolkoff’s negligence lawsuit claims the San Mateo County coroner caused them emotional distress by releasing their son’s brain to American Medical Response.

The ambulance firm wanted to gather forensic information to defend itself in a separate, wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the Wolkoffs.

County lawyers say the coroner was complying with a subpoena to release brain tissue.

The couple sued the ambulance company claiming a procedure paramedics used to help their son breathe caused brain damage and contributed to his death.

That suit has been settled.

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