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Funeral Home Malpractice

2016-09-13T16:06:04+00:00

A funeral is meant to be a loving tribute to a loved one whose light is no longer shining in the world — a place to find solace and comfort during one of the darkest of times.

A funeral is meant to be a beautiful moment to honor the memory and life of someone who passed. But unfortunately, sometimes those we trust to conduct that honor do not perform that task with the dignity it deserves.

What is Mortuary Neglect?

Because of the strong sense of respect for the dead present in our society, Federal, Florida law and industry standards regulate how the body of a deceased is supposed to be handled.

Mortuary neglect can include:

  • Improper embalming or burial practices
  • The theft of the deceased’s organs to be sold for profit
  • Theft of items meant to be buried with the deceased
  • Disrespectful handling of the body of the deceased, ranging from intentional mishandling to undignified conditions such as a lack of proper refrigeration
  • Mishandling of cremated remains, including mixing the remains, losing the remains and not placing cremated remains in the location specified in the will
  • Presenting and/or preparing the wrong body for a funeral service

Shocking as these examples may sound, each year, funeral homes lose their license to practice because of instances of mortuary neglect.

Can I Sue a Funeral Home?

Lawsuits have been filed across the United States against funeral homes that don’t follow the proper rules for handling a body after death.

Those with the right to bring a funeral home malpractice case to court:

  • Surviving spouses
  • Surviving children
  • Surviving parents
  • Those listed as entitled to the estate detailed in the will of the deceased

Often it comes down to the failure of a funeral home to perform the services that their licensure requires and a failure to honor the contract with the deceased loved ones. Serious emotional damage can occur when a funeral home doesn’t do what a family has trusted it to do. And courts and juries often sympathize with the emotional pain that going through such trauma causes.

If you or someone you know has experienced a similar situation and feel negligence or abuse has occurred in a funeral home, mortuary or crematorium; please call us to help you get the compensation you deserve so that you can find closure that your loved one can rest in peace.