Correcting False Death Reports
Every year the Social Security Administration mistakenly includes thousands of people in its Master Death File, a database of dead persons. The Administration processes death reports from funeral homes, individuals, and government agencies. Mistaken reports can cause emotional distress, damage credit, and harm reputation. Following is a checklist for avoiding mistaken death and remediating damage if it happens.
Avoiding - stay visible (e.g., engage in social media, participate in bar activities, take part in social activities, and publish articles in print and online).
Correcting - contact sources, request retraction, and alert contacts to the mistake.
Recovering - seek compensation for negligence and intentional harm for egregious situations.
Trailblazing - create a niche practice of helping clients to correct death reports, recover damages, and repair credit.
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