A Massachusetts family has filed a lawsuit against a funeral home and a cemetery after their loved one’s body fell out of the casket in full view of funeral attendees.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed last week by the family of Lawrence resident Andrew Serrano, the disturbing incident occurred in April 2019 as Serrano’s casket was being lowered into the ground. “One of the side straps on the city-owned casket lowering device broke, causing Mr. Serrano’s casket to fall into the grave and break apart,” the suit reads. “The corpse fell out of the casket” in front of “horrified family members who became visibly distraught and hysterical,” per the lawsuit.
The family is asking for $500,000 in damages. Neither the Perez Funeral Home nor Bellevue Cemetery has responded to the suit.
Would you sue if something like this happened to your family? Or are you of the mindset that accidents happen?