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Lightfoot to Sue City Over Man's Death

Former D.C. Council member William Lightfoot is planning to sue the city on behalf of a family who say their son died unnecessarily after EMS workers misdiagnosed his chest pains and breathing problems. Edward Givens, 39, died of a heart attack, the coroner has ruled. EMS workers told Givens that he was suffering from acid reflux. Read the full report from this morning's Washington Post.

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles has said that he is still studying the case, but he didn't hesitate to respond to the news of Lightfoot's plans. "Bill's a good lawyer," Nickles told Washington Post reporter Elissa Silverman. "I look forward to seeing him in court."

By Marcia Davis  |  February 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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Somebody dropped the ball. Again. Can't believe this has happened.

Posted by: sugarstreet | February 21, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

You know its horrific to grasp the thought that ANOTHER family had to loose their loved one to get this kind of attention...I mean for the city it's trying to use this as a tactic to improve upon some weaknesses, but for us who've lost a lifetime loved one...well its nothing a court date can fix! there's not enough money in the entire Federal Reserve , with or without a stimulus package, that can substitute for loss we are experiencing! when the gavel has stamped the judges desk and verdict rendered, it'll be over for the onlookers, but it'll take a lifetime to erase my 34yrs of memories .... Sickened, Heartbroken & Devastated!!!

Posted by: sherrittamatthews | February 26, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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