It is hard for us to imagine that an owner or staff member at a funeral home would take advantage of a family’s grief to defraud them or commit another kind of funeral home abuse. Yet, these abuses occur every day in Riverside and nearby communities. Abusers who take advantage of grieving families perpetrate many different kinds of abuse from overcharging for services to stealing jewelry and other items to switching caskets. When this occurs, it compounds the family’s grief, and they deserve aggressive legal representation to help them through this difficult time. We are Riverside funeral home abuse lawyers who take these matters very seriously, and we have earned a reputation for working hard for families to help them receive justice. If you believe that a loved one or your family has experienced abuse, fill out a contact form or call us today.
Do you need to consult with an experienced funeral home abuse lawyer? Call us at 888-848-5084 to schedule a free and confidential consultation!
Know These Common Types of Funeral Home Abuse to Prevent Becoming a Victim
Funeral home abuse is so common that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has had to institute new rules and guidelines to protect families from abuse. The FTC cautions families planning funerals to make sure that they receive everything for which they have paid. In addition, they should make sure they are paying only for the items and services they need. They warn families to do the following:
- Whenever possible, make funeral plans in advance so that they don’t have to make expensive purchasing decisions when they are distracted by grief.
- Families should know that, by law, they cannot be charged a casket-handling fee if they purchase a casket from somewhere other than the funeral home caring for their loved one.
- Carefully check each item on the invoice for items and services provided by the funeral home to ensure that the charges match the agreed-upon prices and the funeral home provides the law or laws that require the mandatory purchase of some items and services.
- Be aware that funeral homes must disclose in writing that families have a right to choose what happens with a loved one’s remains if they choose not to embalm them.
Contact a Riverside Funeral Home Abuse Lawyer
If you have any reason to believe that there has been improper treatment of your loved one’s remains, unethical funeral homes or staff have defrauded your family or another type of abuse has occurred, call us Law Office of Samer Habbas today at 888-848-5084. We use our experience as funeral home abuse attorneys to help grieving families by aggressively pursuing damages against those responsible for the abuse. No amount of damages awarded in court or negotiated through a settlement can mend the grief that families feel, but this compensation can help defray burial costs and other expenses the family has incurred. If you have questions about funeral laws, your rights and those of the deceased or your legal options, please contact us today.