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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Truth is Stranger than Fiction 2006.34

Pallbearer Sues After Falling Into Grave

From Associated Press
July 27, 2006 7:13 PM EDT

LEESVILLE, La. - A pallbearer is suing a DeRidder funeral home after he fell in a grave during a burial ceremony. Cory Sloan Midkiff, according to the lawsuit filed in state district court, was serving as a pallbearer in July 2005 during the burial of a relative at Ollieville Cemetery in Vernon Parish.

The funeral and burial were directed by Labby Memorial Funeral Home of DeRidder.

Midkiff contends that while he and other pallbearers were attempting to place the casket of Hilton Midkiff in a grave, the surface of the gravesite began to cave in, causing him to fall.

Midkiff alleges that the funeral home improperly prepared the gravesite, placing around it weak plywood and other materials not suited to support pallbearers' weight. He also claims the funeral home hid the defective condition of the gravesite.

Through his Leesville attorney, John K. "Mike" Anderson, Midkiff is seeking payment of legal fees and medical expenses and for compensation for mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment stemming from the incident.

Also named in the suit is Labby Memorial's insurance provider, Allstate Insurance Company.


Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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