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If you suspect funeral home negligence in the handling of your loved one’s remains, The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers is here to help. Our experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys will aggressively fight for justice on behalf of those affected by the funeral home’s actions or negligence.

We understand that this can be an incredibly difficult time for families and we are ready to handle your case with the utmost care and compassion. Call today to discuss your situation with a funeral director negligence lawyer from our law firm to find out what your case may be worth.

Funeral Home Lawsuits in the News

There are several outstanding funeral home negligence cases in the news. A family in New Jersey has filed a $50 million lawsuit against a funeral home that placed the wrong body in the casket. In another case, a family has sued a New York funeral home for $88 million dollars for burying the wrong person in their mother’s plot.

Hold Funeral Home Staff Accountable for Negligence

These funeral negligence cases demonstrate the need to ensure that funeral home negligence is taken seriously and funeral homes and funeral directors are held accountable.

Our firm stands ready to provide experienced, knowledgeable legal representation for those affected by funeral home negligence. Our lawyers are well-versed in the laws governing funeral homes and will work hard to secure the justice you deserve. Call today for a free case evaluation.

What Is Funeral Home Negligence?

Funeral home negligence occurs when a funeral director fails to uphold their professional obligations in the handling and care of remains. This can include improper disposal, improper treatment, misidentification of corpses, or making other mistakes during the cremation or burial process.

Call Today if You Suspect Negligent Behavior

If you believe that negligence has occurred during the handling of your loved one’s remains, contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers for a free consultation with an experienced Chicago funeral home negligence attorney.

Examples of Funeral Home Negligence

Funeral home negligence can happen in many ways. If a funeral home breached the duty of care that the funeral home owed the grieving family, it may be negligence. Common examples of funeral home negligence by funeral directors include:

Mishandling of Remains

If a funeral home does not properly handle the remains of deceased person or performs funerary services against a family’s wishes, this is considered negligence. This can include negligent or unethical behavior such as mishandling your loved one’s remains during transport or burial, losing the body, losing a deceased person’s personal property, transporting multiple bodies together, and more.

Mislabeled Remains

Funeral homes have a responsibility to ensure that they are properly labeling all remains. If they fail to do so, this can lead to misidentification of a corpse and is considered negligence. Giving the grieving family the wrong remains at a funeral or burying a person in the wrong cemetery plot are examples of mislabeled remains.

Cremation Errors

Funeral homes must also ensure that they follow the correct procedures when performing a cremation and that the cremation is performed on the correct remains. If mistakes are made with the wrong cremated remains, this may be considered negligence.

Embalming Mistakes

Embalming mistakes can also be classified as funeral home negligence if the deceased is not embalmed in a respectful manner or your loved one is embalmed in error without the family’s permission. Embalming is not required in Illinois, so forcing a family to choose embalming services would also be considered unethical.

Contact Us for Help with Funeral Home Negligence in Chicago

If you believe that a Chicago funeral home has mishandled your loved one’s remains, contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers for experienced legal representation. Our experienced funeral home negligence attorneys will fight to secure the justice you and your family deserve.

We will work tirelessly to prove funeral home negligence and seek full and fair compensation for the emotional distress this negligence has caused you and other grieving family members. We also offer free consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t pay legal fees out of pocket.

Types of Compensation for Funeral Home Errors

If a funeral home has been negligent in the handling of your loved one’s remains, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to recover damages for:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation with our experienced Chicago funeral home negligence lawyers. We will review the details of your personal injury case. Our legal team stands ready to fight for justice on behalf of those affected by funeral negligence.

Illinois Funeral Home Laws and Regulations

Under Illinois law (225 ILCS 41/), funeral directors and embalmers must be licensed by the state. Cremations are also regulated by state law under the Crematory Regulation Act (410 ILCS 18/) and must also be licensed. The cremating equipment must be permitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Who Regulates Illinois Funeral Directors and Funeral Services?

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Division of Professional Regulation manages funeral director licensing and provides resources for families looking for a licensed funeral director or funeral director and embalmer.

Questions to Ask About Funeral and Burial Services

The IDFPR recommends that families ask these questions of a funeral director when making a decision about how to handle the remains of a loved one. If you suspect negligence, it is possible that the funeral director will be unable to answer these questions.

Does the Funeral Director Have a License?

The IDFPR regulates funeral directors, not funeral homes. The funeral director will have an Illinois license that begins with 034 or 031.

Is the Funeral Director’s License Active?

You can look up a funeral director’s license online to confirm that they have an active status.

Which Funeral Establishment Will Provide the Services?

By law, a family must authorize the removal of their loved one’s remains. A licensed funeral director must have written approval, not just verbal communication before moving the body.

Is the Cost of Funeral Services in Writing?

Under Illinois law, a funeral director must provide a written copy of the statement of goods and services which includes the price and payment method. It must also be signed by both the funeral director and the person responsible for making the arrangements.

Reporting Funeral Director Negligence

How to Report Illinois Funeral Director Negligence

If you suspect a funeral director of negligence when handling the remains of your loved one, you can file a complaint with the IDFPR Division of Professional Regulation. The Complaint Intake Unit phone number is: 312-814-6910. You can also file a complaint with the IDFPR online.

Once you have made your complaint with the IDFPR, speak with an experienced attorney at The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers to discuss your case. We can provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to help you secure the justice you deserve.

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