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Choking Death Lawsuit Against Florida Dispatch Settled

Five years after Nancy Jane McGhee’s death, a settlement has been reached in her family’s lawsuit against Pasco County’s Department of Emergency Services (FL), reports The Tampa Tribune.

McGhee’s family sued Emergency Services for negligence, saying that in March 2007, 911 dispatchers were unable to give McGhee’s boyfriend the proper instructions on how to administer emergency treatment required to dislodge a piece of steak that McGhee was choking on. McGhee, 37, choked to death in her Land O’ Lakes home.

An agreement in principal was reached in mid-December regarding her choking death and the manner in which her boyfriend’s 911 call for help was handled, according to Tom Carey, a Clearwater attorney who represented McGhee’s children.

The settlement is for $75,000, according to Anthony Salzano, Pasco County’s senior assistant county attorney. The money will go to McGhee’s one adult daughter, Crissy Cresong, and three juvenile children, David, Kelly, and Steven Cresong.

The money will be paid from a professional negligence insurance policy. The settlement must be approved by county commissioners.

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