The time after a loved one’s death can be a very trying time for family members and friends of the deceased individual. If a loved one suspects that a funeral home, cemetery, mortuary or crematorium did not properly handle the decedent’s remains, the grief may turn to outrage. Every funeral home owes a duty to the families of the deceased to promptly and respectfully deal with remains, according to the family’s wishes.
Unfortunately, some funeral homes do not properly live up to the standards required of the profession. Ashes may be mixed up with someone else’s or misplaced. Bodies may be buried in the wrong graves. Grave sites may not be properly cared for and may be vandalized. Bodies may accidentally be cremated instead of buried. In some cases, outright fraud, corruption, or greed may lead to misconduct, such as removing body parts for sale, retrieving coffins after burial and switching them out for cheaper ones, placing multiple bodies in the same coffin, stealing jewelry or mementos of the deceased, and more.
Family members and friends are often very vulnerable after the death of a loved one and may look to funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematoriums for guidance. If you believe that your family has been the victim of negligence or misconduct by a funeral home, you may wish to speak to an attorney about your legal options.
If you’re in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case. You can also visit us on Twitter to learn more about the firm.