Year: 1993 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.23, no.4, (Winter 1993), p.374-378 SIEC No: 19931074

The case of Paul Framson, a 56-year-old futures broker, is presented. After his sudden death, 4 life insurance companies denied payment of death benefits claiming that Framson had committed suicide. When denied benefits, the insured’s estate may challenge the medical examiner’s determination of cause of death. This case illustrates the role played by suicidologists in this process. Commentaries by Timothy Michals & Robert Litman follow the case summary.