- March 18, 2014
- In personal Injury
The death of a loved one may be one of the most emotionally painful experiences you endure during your lifetime. During this time of grief, most of us look for a supportive funeral home to handle the remains of our loved ones and take care of the burial arrangements. We expect respect, good faith and honesty from the funeral home.
Unfortunately, our expectations are not always met. Sometimes, funeral homes mishandle corpses or fail to provide the respect the deceased individual’s corpse and the mourning family deserve. If you believe you have a claim of funeral home negligence, you should consult an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights.
The Different Types of Funeral Home Negligence
Funeral home negligence may be evident in multiple forms. Examples of funeral home negligence include:
– The cremation of the wrong body
– Providing the wrong cremated remains to the family members of the deceased individual
– Improperly embalming a body
– Harvesting the organs of a corpse for resale
– Stealing personal property from the body, such as jewelry or gold fillings
– Burying the wrong body
– Failing to properly tend to a gravesite, which may result in vandalism
– Placing more than one body in a coffin
– Overcharging for burial services and procedures
Regardless of what type of negligence the funeral home engages in, it will be equally shocking and heart breaking to the deceased individual’s family members. Although filing a lawsuit against the negligent funeral home may not undo the horrific act, it will bring justice to the grieving family members and friends.
Compensation In Funeral Home Negligence Cases
If you believe the funeral home that you entrusted the body of a loved one to acted negligently, you may be entitled to two types of personal injury damages: compensatory and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are designed to provide you reimbursement for any out of pocket expenses you may have incurred as a result of the negligent actions. Such damages may include economic damages, as well as pain and suffering. Economic damages include medical care, loss of wages, and loss of future earnings. Pain and suffering is designed to compensate you for your past and future physical pain caused by the negligent actions of the funeral home.
Punitive damages are awarded in cases where the funeral home’s conduct is especially egregious. Punitive damages are typically awarded in order for the court to punish the funeral home defendant for their malicious conduct and to deter others from acting in such a manner in the future.
Call Us Today
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles funeral home abuse attorney, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5048.