Funeral Home Negligence
The most common recoverable damages in a funeral home negligence case include monetary damages, future costs, emotional damages, and, occasionally, punitive damages. The actual amount you are eligible to recover will vary based on the details of your funeral home negligence case.
When a loved one passes, you expect the funeral home to treat them with respect. In fact, Florida law requires funeral homes to be licensed and follow certain laws, such as ensuring the body is transported correctly and not moving the body without notification. When this is not the case, you should consider hiring a funeral negligence attorney.
Depending on the details of your negligence case, you may recover the cost of the funeral, the casket, and other costs associated with the burial. You may also recover the value of any stolen objects, such as family heirlooms or gold fillings.
If your family incurs future costs, such as the cost to rebury your loved one in another location, another funeral, or a casket, these costs may be recovered.
The death of a loved one can have a severe impact on your mental and emotional health. Finding out your loved one was not buried where the funeral home said they were, that they were mishandled after death, or that priceless heirloom was stolen can have a long-term impact on your emotional health.
You may recover damages for the emotional impact of the funeral home’s actions.
If the funeral home’s actions are considered willful and malicious, you may also be eligible to recover punitive damages. These damages are rare but may apply in cases where the funeral home, for example, buried bodies in the wrong graves on purpose to save money or sold body tissue for profits. If you experienced these issues, a funeral negligence lawyer can help.
Common Types of Funeral Home Negligence Cases
If the funeral home fails to follow Florida laws, mishandles your loved one’s body, or robs them of clothing, jewelry, or even body parts, you may be eligible to pursue a negligence case.
Other examples include:
- Presenting the wrong corpse for burial
- Moving the graveside without notification
- Robbing the body of valuable items
- Disposing of the body in contradiction with your contract (cremating instead of burying, for example)
- Failure to prepare the body as agreed
- Transporting the corpse in an unapproved container
A funeral negligence lawyer can help determine if your situation may qualify for legal action.
Contact a Funeral Negligence Attorney Today
The death of a family member or loved one is always traumatic. However, when the actions of a funeral home result in the mishandling of your loved one or emotional trauma, you may be eligible to recover a wide range of damages.
To better understand your ability to recover damages, contact the team of Florida personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. Our firm is dedicated to offering honest, caring legal advice during this difficult time. Contact today for a free case review at (954) 633-8270.
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