California Health and Safety Code for Funeral Homes
Abuse of the dead in any way is not only unlawful, it is anathema to rational, caring people everywhere. To compound a family’s loss with this type of insult is unconscionable, and our California funeral home abuse lawyers take these matters very seriously. Our Orange County funeral home abuse attorneys feel that accurate information is one of the most effective ways to prevent this kind of abuse. To that end, here are excerpts from the California Health and Safety Code regarding proper care of the dead:
7050.5(a) Every person who knowingly mutilates or disinters, wantonly disturbs, or willfully removes any human remains in or from any location other than a dedicated cemetery without authority of law is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as provided in Section 5097.99 of the Public Resources Code.
7051. Every person who removes any part of any human remains from any place where it has been interred, or from any place where it is deposited while awaiting interment or cremation, with intent to sell it or to dissect it, without authority of law, or written permission of the person or persons having the right to control the remains under Section 7100, or with malice or wantonness, has committed a public offense that is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison.
7051.5. Every person who removes or possesses dental gold or silver, jewelry, or mementos from any human remains without specific written permission of the person or persons having the right to control those remains under Section 7100 is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison. The fact that residue and any unavoidable dental gold or dental silver, or other precious metals remain in the cremation chamber or other equipment or any container used in a prior cremation is not a violation of this section.
As you can see, failing to respect the dead and their survivors is a very serious crime. If you have any reason to believe that a loved one has had possessions taken from his or her body or has otherwise been treated improperly, call 888.848.5084 today. The Los Angeles funeral home abuse lawyers on our staff will launch a thorough investigation. If proper handling procedures have not been followed or the deceased has been violated in some way, we will help you and your family seek damages against the at-fault individual(s).