Kentucky EMS Provider and Medic Sued for Wrongful Death

A Kentucky paramedic who mistakenly pronounced a live patient dead is being sued by the victim’s husband for failing to render care that ultimately led to her death.

In April, 2014, Kristal Tygart , 46, was pronounced dead by Lincoln county medic Troy Cain. Cain, who never checked the victim’s pulse, requested that the coroner respond. It was the coroner ultimately determined that Tygart was still breathing some 40 minutes later. She later died.

Daniel Tygart, Kristal’s husband,  is now suing Cain along with Stanford Emergency Medical Service and five other employees for wrongful death.

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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