Podcast Episode 35: Interview With Attorney For Disciplined Michigan Firefighters In Mistaken Death Pronouncement

In this episode, Curt and Attorney Kali Henderson discuss the suit she just filed on behalf of four Southfield firefighters who were disciplined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Medical Control Authority, after a patient was declared dead, released to a funeral home, and found to be alive hours later by funeral home staff preparing to embalm her.

Here is a copy of the complaint.

Here is a link to Kali’s law firm.

Prior coverage of the suit.

Prior coverage of the discipline.

Abbreviations:

MCA – Medical Control Authority

OCMCA – Oakland County Medical Control Authority

PSRO – Professional Standards Review Organization (in this case OCMCA’s PSRO)

MDHHS – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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