Lee County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay $200,000 in a pre-litigation settlement to the family of Leroy Tarver, who died Feb. 3.
The amount, which includes attorney's fees and costs, is the maximum the family can receive from Lee County under Florida state law.
The settlement comes two months after Tarver, 70, suffered a heart attack on Jan. 31 and was misdiagnosed as dead by Lee County paramedics.
According to the paramedic's log, Tarver's wife, Penola, called 911 after discovering her husband on the ground shortly after he complained of chest pains. Lee County Police and paramedics arrived at Tarver's house, where he was pronounced dead at 6:12 a.m.
After a mortician arrived from Barrett Funeral Chapel at 7:30 a.m., the mortician stated he could not take the body because Tarver was not dead. EMS returned to the home and found Tarver breathing and with a pulse. Tarver was then transported to Gulf Coast Hospital and died three days later.