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.