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Son blames health care entities for mishandling father's body

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 10, 2017

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CHARLESTON — An Arthurdale man is suing multiple entities, alleging the negligent mishandling and losing of his father's dead body.

David Emanuel Haddix, individually and as administrator of the estate of David Lee Haddix, deceased, filed a lawsuit Dec. 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), the Bureau of Public Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Bartlett Funeral Home, et al,  alleging failure to properly identify the body of David Lee Haddix.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 17, 2015, David Emmanuel Haddix was informed that the remains of his father were in the care and control of DHHR's office and were not the remains the plaintiff believed had been buried April 4, 2011, at West Virginia National Cemetery. 

The suit says Haddix suffered pain and suffering, mental anguish, anxiety and grief. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to exercise reasonable care by losing the remains of the plaintiff's father, David Lee Haddix.

David Emmanuel Haddix seeks trial by jury, judgment in an amount to fully compensate him for his damages, plus attorney fees, interest and all other proper relief. He is represented by attorneys John R. Angoti and David J. Straface of Angoti & Straface LC in Morgantown.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-c-1857

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