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funeral home abuseWhen we lose a loved one, we expect their remains to be handled with care and dignity. This was not the case of a 26-year-old man whose remains were mistakenly cremated by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. The remains were confused with those of another man with the same name.

In these cases, the family members of the deceased may have certain legal rights. As such, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights.

The Facts

Jorge Hernandez died of a drug overdose on October 7th. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office picked up his body from Glendale Adventist Medical Center to determine the cause. The family started to plan his funeral and private viewing. The plans were cut short when the coroner’s officials called the family to inform them that their office mistakenly cremated his body.

A spokesman for the coroner’s office stated that the mistake happened because two bodies name Jorge Hernandez were at the morgue at the same time. The coroner’s attendant matched the name but not the coroner case number. As a result, the wrong remains were sent for cremation.

The family’s inability to say goodbye and bring a closure to their loss has in effect brought upon a double tragedy. Hernandez’s mother was particularly hit hard by this mistake because she was unable to see her son resting peacefully in his coffin.

Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Accident Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our Los Angeles accident attorneys are experienced in handling all types of accidents, even those involving the mistaken cremation of your loved ones. We will work hard to get our compensation for any wrongdoing and any injuries you may suffer as a result. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our lawyers, please call us at 888-848-5084.


Samer Habbas is a California attorney with over 18 years of experience in personal injury law. Throughout his career, he has successfully recovered over $300 million for his clients, solidifying his reputation as a leading advocate in the field.

Samer swiftly gained recognition for his adept negotiation skills and unwavering dedication to his clients. His practice spans a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, dog bites, funeral home abuse, premises liability, and wrongful death.

Samer is known for his compassionate approach and commitment to securing favorable outcomes for his clients. His expertise has earned him the trust and respect of both his clients and his peers within the legal community. He is also deeply invested in giving back to his community. He actively participates in pro bono work and volunteers his time to various charitable organizations. Samer is a champion for those who have been wronged, leveraging his extensive experience and expertise to make a meaningful difference in the lives of his clients and his community.