What is Funeral Home Negligence? Understanding the Signs to Protect Your Loved Ones

When a loved one dies, your feelings of loss and pain are very real – but they are balanced by the sense of responsibility and duty that you feel. The last act of respect and love you can provide to your loved one is to assure that they have the dignified funeral and burial that they deserve. Unfortunately, there are instances in which funeral homes act negligently, abusing the bodies of your loved one or simply providing you with service that falls far below the standard of care that is expected, resulting in terrible emotional and psychological distress for you as a survivor. If you suspect that this has happened to you and your loved one has been mistreated, you may be entitled to compensation for the damage that has been done to you and to them, and the attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz are here to help.

When a death occurs and survivors go through the experience of coordinating a funeral and burial, a funeral home and funeral director that takes excellent care of all of the details can be a remarkable comfort. By contrast, when the level of attention that you receive falls short of your expectations, it is perfectly understandable for you to be disappointed. Understanding when poor service reaches the level of negligence is an important element in knowing whether you have grounds for filing a lawsuit, and the funeral negligence lawyers at the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz can help you determine whether that is the case. Funeral home negligence is defined by a funeral home failing to provide the services that they were paid to perform, and can go beyond that to include mishandling of a body, improper burial, and more. Examples of funeral home negligence include:

  • Mishandling the deceased’s body
  • Losing the deceased’s body
  • Not having the body available at the funeral
  • Having the wrong body at the funeral
  • Burying the wrong body
  • Not embalming the body properly
  • Stealing personal property from the deceased
  • Replacing the casket that was purchased with a cheaper one, or one that is defective
  • Selling body parts
  • Failing to embalm, cremate or bury the body as contracted
  • Sexual assault of the body

All of these examples are horrifying to contemplate, and even worse to experience when it is your loved one that has been the victim. As a result, eligible family members and survivors are able to file a funeral home negligence lawsuit seeking compensation for the emotional distress that they have suffered, as well as any physical suffering and the costs incurred to try to right the wrongs that have been done.

For more information on how the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lenetz can help you get the justice you deserve, contact our office today. We will set up an appointment for a free consultation at a time that is convenient for you.

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