Susanville, CA asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Legal Malpractice and Native American Law for California

Q: My brothers body was desecrated by a local mourtuary before he was to be creamated the owner had passed assuming he w

Upon further investigation by local sheriffs and state funeral and burial bureau they had closed the case 9 months later they recovered his body only due to the smell cause refrigeration had broke down I want to know if I have a case againts the sheriff's department and the state for neglagents and desacration of remains s he is a native american

1 Lawyer Answer
William John Light
William John Light
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, your family has a claim for the negligent treatment of his remains. (Christensen v. Superior Court (1991) 54 Cal.3d868, 879 [2 Cal.Rptr.2d 79, 820 P.2d 181]). Contact a PI attorney to discuss.

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