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After the death of a loved one, one of the best ways to honor their memory is to ensure they have a respectful burial or cremation. As a result, most people turn to funeral homes, in which they place an enormous amount of trust.
Unfortunately, some funeral homes nullify or even abuse this trust. Whether a result of greed, incompetence, or perversion, funeral home abuse is an insult and an outrage. Thankfully, by filing a personal injury lawsuit, victims can hold funeral homes accountable for their negligence.
If your loved one was neglected or abused by a funeral home, you may be able to recover significant financial compensation. Keep reading to learn how a Morgan & Morgan funeral lawyer can help.
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Types of Funeral Home Negligence
Most cases of funeral home negligence or abuse fall into one of the following categories:
- Incompetence (honest mistakes)
- Greed, corruption, and/or deception
- Sexual perversion
Examples of Funeral Home Abuse
Although most funeral homes carry out their solemn roles without issue, it’s completely unacceptable when they fail to do so. Some common examples of funeral home abuse or neglect include:
- Improper or inadequate embalming
- Commingling of multiple corpses’ ashes
- Mishandling, dropping, or losing the body
- Placing multiple bodies in one coffin or casket
- Placing the wrong body in the coffin
- Delivering the deceased to the wrong grave site
- Robbing the corpse
- Maiming or sexually abusing the corpse
Proving Funeral Home Negligence
If your loved one was neglected, abused, or exploited by a funeral home, and you would like to hold the funeral home accountable, you might be wondering how to go about doing so. “Negligence” is the legal term for liability or responsibility in an accident. Proving liability generally involves satisfying the following criteria:
- The funeral home owed you a duty of care. They were responsible for treating the deceased in an honest and respectful manner, and they failed to do so.
- They breached their duty. The funeral home breached their legal obligation to avoid harming your loved one.
- Their breach directly resulted in harm. The funeral home was responsible for the abuse or mishap, making them legally liable.
- There were losses suffered as a result. The funeral home’s actions injured the deceased (physically) and/or you and your family (emotionally or financially).
If your loved one was neglected or abused by a funeral home, you may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Funeral expenses
- Other damages
Damages in these cases can vary greatly. For example, if you paid for a more expensive casket, and the funeral home buried your loved one in a cheaper casket, you might be owed the difference in price between the two, plus damages for emotional distress. Or if the funeral home robbed your loved one, you might be owed the value of what they took, as well as damages for emotional distress.
Speak to a Funeral Lawyer
If a funeral home did not treat your dearly departed in an honest, respectful, or competent manner, contact the funeral lawyers at Morgan & Morgan. Our highly skilled attorneys can review the facts of your case to determine liability for your injury and help you collect financial compensation during this very difficult time.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no cost to get started, and we get paid only if you win. To learn more, schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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