Is Funeral Home Negligence a Common Occurrence?
The loss of a loved one may be the worst event you can imagine but speak to a family that has been a victim of funeral home negligence and you will quickly learn that things can get even worse. Far too many grief-stricken relatives and friends are being faced with the realization that the funeral home that they entrusted with the care of their loved one’s body made critical, negligent mistakes that simply cannot be remedied.
Funeral home negligence has become such a major problem in the United States that the publishers of American Funeral Director Magazine put out an entire article advising their subscribers about the mistakes that are being made and what steps their readers need to take in order to ensure that they are upholding their duty of care to consumers. According to the article, funeral homes that have made mistakes such as improperly cremating remains and misplacing cremated remains have led to funeral home negligence lawsuits that pay victims an average of $1 million. Other types of negligence have been documented in local news reports: examples have included families learning that their loved ones’ bodies had never been buried, had been buried in the wrong plot, had been placed in graves holding multiple bodies, and similar horrors.
Whatever the specifics of a funeral home negligence case, they generally are the result of either the funeral home management being completely indifferent to the needs of their clients, or being negligent in upholding their responsibility to provide families and the bodies entrusted to them with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
Funeral homes that operate using the appropriate level of care make sure that they:
- Take time to speak with the family to ensure that there is a complete understanding of what they want and what services will be provided
- Get all appropriate permissions from the next of kin, ensuring that the person that they are working with is the person with the authority to contract for a cremation
- Establish ironclad identification procedures to ensure that no mistakes are being made regarding how a body is to be handled and ensuring that the body is constantly doublechecked to make sure it’s getting the burial service that is ordered
When a funeral home accepts the responsibility for providing final arrangements for your loved one, they must hold themselves to the highest level of quality and compassionate care. When funeral home negligence occurs, the pain can be devastating and deserves compensation. If you have been a victim of funeral home negligence, contact us today to learn about how we can help you get justice for your loved one.