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Lawsuit over football player's death to continue

Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Atlas Farley

Atlas Fraley (Courtesy Rivals.com)

An Orange County family's lawsuit against an EMS worker will continue.

A judge in Orange County Monday decided not to dismiss the lawsuit against paramedic James Griffin.

James Griffin is the paramedic who treated and left a Chapel Hill School football player home alone before he died after a football scrimmage in August 2008.

In February, Atlas Fraley's family filed a wrongful death suit charging Griffin with negligence.

In the suit, Fraley's parents allege that Griffin provided inadequate care for their son, violated protocol for his medical condition and did not attempt to contact them before leaving their son home alone.

Fraley's cause of death was ruled "undetermined natural causes."

In a report issued in June 2009, the Office of Emergency Medical Services said Griffin responded to a 911 call when Fraley began having cramps.

Griffin checked him over and then left him home alone. He even had Fraley sign papers showing he was checked out that day and left at home.

Griffin resigned after the incident.

The Office of Emergency Medical Services later cleared Griffin and said it planned no action against his paramedic credentials.

The Fraley's lawyer says they are seeking the lawsuit to also make "what happened to Atlas public in an effort to prevent a similar tragedy from happening to someone else's child."

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