As reported by KTLA 5 on June 21, 2015 , the family of a recently deceased 87 year-old woman was shocked and devastated to learn that she had been buried in the wrong resting place by Funeraria Latino Americana, a funeral home in East Los Angeles. A day before the scheduled viewing for the woman, her family was notified that she had been buried over a week earlier by the East L.A. funeral home. Even worse, according to the woman’s granddaughter, staff members at the funeral home continued to lie about the mistake, leading the family to doubt whether their beloved departed family member was in fact buried where the funeral home claims. As the family anxiously awaits the proper burial of their loved one, the funeral home maintains they are taking all steps to “rectify this situation.”
Unfortunately, tragedies like this one are not uncommon. Funeral homes, particularly ones serving lower income communities, often cut corners by hiring unqualified personnel and having inadequate policies and procedures in place in order to enhance profits. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer have unique experience in handling these types of claims against funeral homes and cemeteries, ranging from cases involving the fraudulent selling of occupied plots to the improper burial of individuals, including a recent high six figure settlement against a funeral home for burying a family’s beloved grandmother in the wrong grave and then trying to pass another family’s departed loved one as their grandmother at the viewing.
Errors like these only compound the anguish your family is experiencing in the bereavement process from the loss of a loved one, which only prolongs it indefinitely by creating new emotional scars that can take years to heal, if they do at all. Funeral homes undertake a sacred obligation when they agree to handle the interment of your loved ones, and serious errors like these are unacceptable and require holding the funeral home accountable so that these types of tragedies are avoided in the future. If your family has experienced funeral home negligence during the interment of a loved one, call the attorneys at The Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.