If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, you are likely relying on a funeral home to arrange the burial or cremation process. These places are expected to help the family through a difficult time, and grieving relatives and friends trust these professionals to do what’s right.
Unfortunately, incidents of negligence and malice are all too common in this industry. When a funeral home, mortuary or funeral director breaches the trust you’ve placed in them, your family may have a claim for financial damages.
Common Funeral Home Mistakes and Scams
As cemeteries, crematories, and funeral homes merge or are acquired by other companies, questionable practices for the purpose of cost effectiveness have begun to attract attention. In the past few years allegations of misconduct, corruption, deception and greed have uncovered horrific atrocities that have made national news.
There are a number of different ways that a funeral home or crematory can succumb to negligence that eventually damages the legacy of your loved one(s). Examples of some of the most egregious types of mistakes made by funeral homes include:
- Expensive coffins retrieved after burial and switched out for less expensive ones
- Multiple bodies placed in one coffin or burial plot
- Bodies being mishandled, mutilated, sexually abused, disfigured, or distorted
- Bodies or remains being switched or lost
- Bodies robbed of expensive family heirloom jewelry, clothing or personal items
- Body parts removed and sold as donor tissue
- Grave sites left unkempt and vandalized
Negligence and Damages in Death Care
The death care industry refers to companies and organizations that provide services related to death. These are typically funerals, cremation or burial, and memorials.
Much like a standard personal injury case, proving negligence in death care case requires proving the defendant — the death care organization — breached a duty of care resulting in damages to you, the plaintiff. Funeral homes and other death care facilities have a duty to provide respectful and professional services. When this obligation is broken, the family of the deceased may take legal action.
There are several potential damages that the deceased’s family can recover. They include:
- Costs associated with corrective actions resulting from the funeral home’s negligence
- Replacement of a damaged casket
- Replacement of a damaged grave marker or headstone
- Lost wages if the ordeal caused plaintiffs to miss work
- Pain and suffering related to the experience
If you believe you have a case for damages against a negligent funeral home, contact Davis Law Group today at (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page.
Contact Our Funeral Home Mistake Attorneys
If you believe your loved one’s memory has been harmed or dishonored through cemetery, funeral home or cremation negligence, error or exploitation, it is essential to contact an attorney that has experience with these kinds of cases. Protect your legal rights and the rights of your loved ones by exploring your legal options in the event of a funeral home mistake. The sensitive nature of these cases can make them challenging to pursue, but our attorneys are well-versed in the laws that protect you and your family from this level of negligence.
The Davis Law Group is committed to assisting surviving family members and pursuing their best interests to the fullest extent of the law. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing up-front and only pay legal fees after a settlement or verdict is negotiated or awarded. Call our downtown Seattle office today at 206-727-4000 or contact us online.