Gretchen Propst of Charlotte, NC, lost her appeals court lawsuit against Dr. Bruce Flitt, Gaston County, NC medical examiner, on June 3, 2014.
Ms. Gretchen Propst had submitted a suit against Dr. Flitt after discovering Dr. Flitt had failed to accurately examine her dead son’s body for cause of death. Dr. Flitt signed an inaccurate medical examiner’s report in 2005, stating he had examined the body.
Ms. Propst alleged that the extreme discrepancies from her son’s actual body and the signed report proved Dr. Flitt and his medical assistants never actually examined her son’s body for cause of death. Her suit claimed that their lack of action and wrongful signatures were in direct violation of their duties as County medical examiners.
Due to the ongoing deliberations, The Charlotte Observer performed an investigative series into medical examiner’s practices and discovered that medical examiners fail to examine one body out of every nine they are supposed to.
On June 3, 2014, the North Carolina appeals court decided unanimously to rule that Gretchen Prospst can’t sue Dr. Bruce Flitt or his assistants for negligence because she can’t show the doctor had any actual duty to her.
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