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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Proving You are Alive -- Not an Easy Task!

BassProving that someone is deceased is relatively easy -- a corpse or a death certificate usually does the job.

But as Jeremy  Bass from Moscow, Idaho recently discovered, it is very difficult to prove that you are alive.

Jeremy recently received a letter declaring that he was dead and a phone call from the sheriff's department inquiring about the mechanism of his death.

The problem arose when a man with a similar name (same first and last names but a different middle name) died at a local medical center.

Now, Jeremy is fighting with the hospital who wants him to pay for the expenses of their unsuccessful life-saving treatment of the similarly named man.

See Man Fights To Get "Life" Back After Being Declared Dead, CityNews.ca, Sept. 28, 2007.

Special thanks to Cory McDowell (J.D. Candidate, Texas Tech University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

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