"Cops wanna knock me, D.A. wanna box me in. But somehow, I beat them charges like Rocky." - Jay-Z
I'll say; thats a big mozza ball hangin' out there...
Yeah it sucks but it was a mistake with only an emotional cost and only an ambulance chaser would go after money for it.
Usually I don't agree with monetary recovery for emotional distress, but I think that this would have been *very* traumatic. And, it wasn't only an emotional cost - funerals and hospitals aren't free.
I'm not buying it. At the end of the day the same people are dead. (In the end probably both of them will be dead.) I'm all for recovering non-emotional costs. Travel, whatever funeral arrangements were made, etc. Those are real damages. The people who thought their kid was dead actually saved money on the hospital bill b/c they got to float it for the time they didn't know he was there. I'm sure the other family hadn't paid the hospital bill yet. Are people supposed to retire b/c of an honest mistake that has no effect on the outcome of the event. If the kid wakes up he'll tell them who he is.