Salt Lake Funeral Home Fined $10,000 After Mixing Ashes and Stealing Jewelry
Carver Mortuary in South Salt Lake has been fined $10,000 after regulators found the funeral home guilty of several forms of negligence.
According to reports by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), the mortuary was being operated by several employees who took advantage of the deceased and their family members on several levels. The DOPL revealed that the mortuary cremated bodies without identification, mixed ashes of deceased persons, left corpses unrefrigerated for several days at a time, stole jewelry, had problems tracking remains, and operated in unsanitary conditions. To make matters worse, the mortuary operators were not licensed in Utah to conduct funeral work.
The funeral home will be placed on state probation for 5 years and will be operated under new management. For more information on this story, click here.
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Forms of Funeral Negligence
Whether intentional or not, any form of funeral negligence can be devastating for the family of the deceased. Failure to perform funeral services correctly can result in improper care of the deceased, corpse mutilation, improper burial, closed casket services, theft, and much more. Some of the more common forms of funeral negligence include:
- Failure to properly handle remains
- Embalming Negligence
- Cremation Negligence
- Cemetery Negligence
- Theft and overcharging for services
If you and your deceased loved ones are or have been victims of these or other forms of funeral negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. If your case is successful, you may possibly receive money for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Financial losses
- Punitive damages (damages paid by the funeral home as a form of punishment)
For more extensive information on funeral negligence and your rights as a victim, visit our general information page here.
Speak With a Utah Funeral Negligence Attorney Today
The death of a loved one can be an extremely difficult time for anyone, and the last thing you expect to go through is negligence on behalf of a funeral home. These errors, whether intentional or not, can result in both emotional distress and financial concerns. At Christensen & Hymas, we have seen firsthand how these types of accidents can affect the victims, and we want to help you through your healing process by putting you at ease financially. By filing a claim, you can also protect other families from similar situations.
If you and your deceased loved one have fallen victim to funeral negligence, you may be eligible for monetary compensation to cover your emotional and financial losses. Contact one of our attorneys at Christensen & Hymas today for a free meeting to discuss your rights and your case.