Funeral Home Negligence
The tragic loss of a loved one has a significant impact on family members. When family members select a particular funeral home or mortuary for a loved one, they trust the funeral home or mortuary to respect the loved one by appropriately handling all funeral services. However, many funeral homes intentionally mishandle a loved one’s remains or fail to handle them in a reasonable manner. This misconduct can cause family members severe emotional distress along with unnecessary financial expenses. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Funeral homes can mishandle a loved one’s remains or engage in negligent conduct in many ways. For example, funeral homes often lose a body; lose ashes; place multiple bodies in a coffin; drop or mishandle a body; cremate the wrong body; fail to appropriately store a body; steal valuable belongings from a body; fail to appropriately embalm a body; and selling organs from a body. This misconduct exacerbates the trauma that family members experience when a loved one dies.
This type of misconduct is governed by the laws of negligence. The law requires funeral homes to comply with the standard of care in the industry. In other words, the funeral home must care and handle the decedent in an honest, respectful, and competent manner. If the funeral home to fails to fulfill this duty, it may be at-fault for your injuries. In order to establish the funeral home was at-fault, your personal injury attorney must establish the following:
- The funeral home owed the deceased a duty of care;
- The funeral home failed to comply with its duty of care; and
- The funeral home’s failure was the legal cause of your injuries.
Funeral homes’ negligence often results in substantial emotional distress and financial injuries. Victims of funeral homes negligence are entitled to recover compensation for the following:
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of life’s enjoyment;
- Funeral expenses; and
- Other damages- For example, if the funeral home stole the deceased’s valuable belongings, you are entitled to recover the value of those stolen items.
However, in order to recover these damages, you must file your lawsuit within two years of the funeral home incident. It is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, who will conduct a thorough investigation to maximize your compensation for your or your loved one’s injuries.Contact Us Today
Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if the your loved one suffered negligence by a funeral home. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to funeral homes’ negligence throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.