A funeral service for a loved one is often the most emotional and devastating time in a person’s life. It is the moment when they have to say goodbye to their loved one and face a future without this person in their lives. The majority of the time, loved ones are not carefully checking the actions of the funeral home, nor of the funeral home staff, but simply trust that the funeral home will proceed according to their wishes. In situations where a funeral home skirts their obligations, leading to instances of negligence, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
Funeral theft is unfortunately a common problem throughout the state. While the idea of graveside robberies is reminiscent of romantic nineteenth century literature, it happens more often than you would think. The economy has not fully rebounded from the dark days of the 2000s, and thieves will take advantage of a family’s suffering and the funeral home’s negligence in tending to the gravesite. The issue of funeral theft is growing each year, and can include outside thieves who callously commit graveside robbery, or funeral home staff who rob the body of possessions prior to burial. Either scenario is equally devastating to the family, and can lead to further grief during an already difficult time.
Funeral Home Negligence
The funeral home itself is responsible for protecting your loved ones and their possessions from any would-be thieves. The failure of a funeral home to act as an ordinary funeral home would act in similar circumstances could lead to the incidence of negligence.
A family who has had to undergo the extreme situation of funeral theft before or even after the funeral will often have a cause of action against the funeral home for their failure to protect their loved one’s interests. The costs of funerals and the corresponding events have skyrocketed in recent years, and much of this money is paid during a time of extreme grief. However, we pay this money with the understanding that the funeral home will take care of any incident that arises, and will protect our loved ones in this final stage. The failure to protect our loved one’s possession can be devastating during an already emotional time.
If you have experienced funeral theft, you may bring a claim for damages against the funeral home for the cost of the possessions taken, the cost of a secondary burial, and the emotional distress which was the result of the theft. An experienced funeral home negligence attorney will be able to assist you in determining the amount of damages that you can claim for the resulting damage.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Funeral Home Negligence Attorney
If your family has had to go through the terrible situation of funeral theft or funeral negligence, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling funeral home negligence cases, including funeral theft. The funeral of a loved one is a time to make peace with your grief and begin the slow process of moving on. It should not be the time to have to deal with a claim for damages after funeral theft. Tony Malley will handle all the intricacies of your claim so that you can focus on remembering your loved one with friends and family. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.