Ohio County Settling Suit Over Morgue Body Mix-up for $165K
An Ohio county will pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit over a body mix-up at a morgue that led to one man being incorrectly cremated and another entombed in his place.
The Dayton Daily News reports Montgomery County commissioners this week approved the payment in the lawsuit filed by the family of 55-year-old Frank Granato, of Carmel, Indiana. Granato and pilot Arthur Potter, of Greenwood, Indiana, were killed in a plane crash in March 2010 in Union County.
Potter's family had Granato's body cremated. Granato's family had Potter's body entombed in a mausoleum.
The mix-up was discovered after Granato's widow received the wrong personal effects.
Coroner's officials say the damaged bodies couldn't be identified by sight.
The lawsuit claimed a coroner's official didn't properly ensure correct identification. His attorneys argued he didn't act recklessly.