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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Emory Healthcare

A 25-year-old man with a history of a number of medical problems signed up to be part of a sleep study at the Emory Sleep Center in Atlanta. The study, which involves being hooked up to sensors and being videotaped while sleeping, took an unexpected turn when a patient collapsed and died.

Now the parents of the victim are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Emory Healthcare, alleging that the hospital was negligent in conducting the study. Fox News reports that when the case goes to trial, a jury will face the task of determining if Emory Healthcare was negligent in conducting their sleep study or if the victim Brandon Harris died because of an unrelated health issue.

Before his death, Harris suffered from Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy, Diabetes, and Hypertension. The plaintiffs claim that Emory Healthcare brought Harris into a setting that he should have never been apart of in the first place, as he was apparently never medically cleared to be part of the sleep study.

An examination by Emory Healthcare showed that Harris died of of a “sudden cardiac death,” a condition in which the heart suddenly shuts down without warning. Furthermore, Emory asserts that the care that Harris received was appropriate given his medical condition.

WSB Atlanta reports that attorney Audrey Tolson is representing the Harris family in this case, seeking unspecified damages. Wrongful death claims will often arise out of a number of circumstances that can include medical malpractice, automobile accidents, exposure to hazardous substances, and criminal behavior.

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