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Austin Funeral Home Abuse

Death with dignity: Universal wish flouted by funeral homes?

Funeral abuse has a long history.  In 1978, The New York Times published a major critique of the funeral industry, slamming it for the unjustifiably “high cost of dying.” Articles about funeral abuse in the paper’s archives date back to 1900, and in some cases, before that.

Mourners are still being robbed of final, precious moments with loved ones being laid to rest.  Grief makes them vulnerable.  Some funeral homes take advantage of them, adding high cost features when family members feel compelled to honor loved ones.

Policing the funeral industry remains a necessity

2016 studies of the funeral industry show that some funeral homes are ignoring the Federal Trade Commission’s “Funeral Rule.”  The FTC implemented it in 1984 to stop fraud.  It requires funeral homes to discuss prices at first contact, over the phone or in person.  It also requires them to sell products item by item instead of tying them to costly services in a bait-and-switch maneuver designed to make more money.

But the FTC’s rule urgently needs to be updated, according to Consumer Reports.  In 2016, consumer groups urged the FTC to make funeral homes post their costs on line to stop fraud.

Wayne Wright:  The deceased deserve respect and justice

The firm’s motto guides its sensitive representation of grieving families.  For 40 years, Wayne Wright has stepped up to punish illegal funeral home and cemetery activities.

Wayne Wright is one of the Top 100 Trial lawyers in America.  His 2014 Litigator Award – the rarest legal honor in the United States – is based on the amount of awards he has won for clients.  Other national legal awards are also proof of his winning record.  Clients only pay fees, agreed upon in advance, when Wayne Wright wins their case.  Calls and evaluations are free.

Wayne Wright knows horrifying abuses go beyond cheating bereaved families

Wayne Wright is no stranger to abhorrent cases of funeral home negligence and contempt of bodies left in their care, ranging from burying them under sidewalks, digging them up to resell grave sites, improper embalming, losing bodies, switching bodies to deceive families and  leaving bodies to decompose or become mummified.

Lawsuits show frequency, level of funeral home negligence

A young woman’s body disappeared forever from her casket in San Antonio in 2014.  In 2016, a San Antonio funeral home put the wrong body in a casket, shocking a family when it was opened.  Another San Antonio funeral home dressed a corpse in a lost body’s favorite outfit.  That body was located at another funeral home.  All the families filed suit.

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