Family Suing Funeral Home For Ruining Ceremony While “Smirking”

November 17, 2013
1 Comments
Advertisement

Deborah Medellin and her family are suing Laurel Land Funeral Home and Cemetery in Dallas, Texas, for incompetence that led to injuries.

The family was burying Deborah’s husband, who passed away in May. Two funeral-home employees were responsible for lowering the casket into its grave, but then something unusual happened.

According to the complaint, “the belt holding the casket had not been properly attached to the said casket, and, without warning, began to slip. This, in turn, caused the casket to fall violently into the plot and partially overturn. At this time, the employees of the defendant apparently looked at each other, began to smirk and laugh, and ran from the premises leaving the family, friends and acquaintances in total disbelief and humiliating the family.”

Advertisement

The family members were allegedly forced to correct the situation on their own, and three people jumped into the open grave to set the casket straight.

Says the complaint, “Each of the three plaintiffs was injured in their efforts to right the casket and prevent the body of the decedent from falling from the casket. Ovidio Medellin, Renee Delgado and Ovidio Olivo suffered serious and potentially permanent injuries as a result of the negligence of the defendant.”

The family is now seeking financial compensation in Dallas County Court.

This is hardly the first time a funeral home has been accused of botching a burial. In 2011, a man sued a Chicago cemetery for improperly embalming his mother, resulting in brown liquid leaking from her head. They also placed her in a casket that was too small for the grave, so the casket was damaged as they tried to squeeze it in.

In another incident in 2009, a Philadelphia funeral home mixed up two bodies. As relatives viewed the casket, they saw a stranger dressed in their loved ones’ clothing.

The man’s daughter told the Daily News, “I touched him. We kissed him. Some of us thought it was him.”

Sources: Courthouse News Service,  CBS ChicagoNBC10

CDFuneralNews

CDFuneralNews

ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com we have created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
CDFuneralNews
Advertisement

You may be interested

4 Products Beating the Funeral Merchandise Quality Epidemic
Cremation
369 views
Cremation
369 views

4 Products Beating the Funeral Merchandise Quality Epidemic

Justin Crowe - November 15, 2017

Since entering the funeral industry, I have felt a taboo around talking about the topic of quality in relation to…

ASD’s Suicide Telephone Operator Patch (S.T.O.P) System Recognized With 2017 NFDA Innovation Award
Funeral Industry Press Releases
27 views
Funeral Industry Press Releases
27 views

ASD’s Suicide Telephone Operator Patch (S.T.O.P) System Recognized With 2017 NFDA Innovation Award

CDFuneralNews - November 15, 2017

Boston, MA—On Monday, October 29, ASD – Answering Service for Directors was named the winner of the National Funeral Directors…

Passare Releases Advanced Preneed Integration with Funeral Directors Life
Funeral Industry Press Releases
32 views
Funeral Industry Press Releases
32 views

Passare Releases Advanced Preneed Integration with Funeral Directors Life

CDFuneralNews - November 15, 2017

Passare, Inc. recently released an advanced integration with Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company, offering the funeral industry’s only integration between…

Comments