What is Funeral Home Negligence?
Experiencing the mistreatment of a loved one who’s passed on can cause family members to suffer immense emotional trauma at a time when they are already grieving. If you are in this situation, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the pain and suffering you were forced to endure.
Any facility that was responsible for providing end-of-life services for your loved one but failed to do so in an appropriate manner may be found guilty of negligence or malpractice. Funeral home negligence comes in many different forms, including:
Embalming should always be performed by a licensed professional. When a body is embalmed or stored incorrectly, it can cause early decomposition and severe disfigurement. This typically forces the family to close the casket, which can be very upsetting for family members who wished to view their loved one at the funeral.
This can include giving the wrong cremated remains to the family, losing cremated remains, cremating the body without the family’s permission, and more. Cremation mistakes are often the result of a careless funeral home.
Mishandling a Deceased Body
There are many ways a facility can mishandle deceased bodies, including dropping the body, storing multiple bodies in one casket, sexual assault of the body, or mutilating the body.
Stealing any personal property from the deceased including jewelry, clothing, or prosthetics. Some funeral home employees even steal body parts to sell to research labs for profit, many times, without the family’s knowledge.
The main goal of some funeral homes is to make a profit, despite the pain it can cause to grieving families. Facilities may act fraudulently by reselling caskets or charging for burial services that the deceased never received.
Funeral homes and cemeteries are responsible for ensuring deceased individuals are buried properly. Additionally, they must respect the wishes of the family after the burial, as well. However, some cemeteries move bodies without the families’ permission, bury multiple bodies in the same plot, or fail to maintain the cemetery property.
These acts of funeral home negligence and abuse are grotesque and unimaginable. Unfortunately, they happen more often than people realize. If you believe that your deceased loved one was mistreated, it is important to have an experienced attorney carefully evaluate the facts of your case to determine if you have the grounds to file a lawsuit.