Family Drags Morgue to Court 6 Months after Burial for Giving Them Wrong Body, Demands N30bn

Family Drags Morgue to Court 6 Months after Burial for Giving Them Wrong Body, Demands N30bn

  • Larry Tillman's family have filed a lawsuit against the morgue for giving them a wrong body to bury
  • According to the late Larry's family, the body presented to them by the morgue was not his father's
  • The family is seeking N3.6 billion in damages and N27 billion for malicious fraud, gross negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress

A US-based family has moved to court and filed a lawsuit against a funeral home for giving them a wrong body.

The family, represented by Spenser Tillman insists that the body they found inside the casket was not his father.

The burial took place in June 2021.
The family insists they were given a wrong body. Photo: ECN.
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Their lawsuit is coming 6 months after the burial

Legit.ng understands Tillman and his family decided to go the legal way about six months after burying their father, Larry Tillman.

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"I'm just still in shock that something like this could happen and they haven't owned up to it. It wasn't our father, so at that point, you're in shock like - that's not our father. You keep telling them it's not our father and they're not listening." Spenser said.

According to Spenser, his family decided to sue the morgue, Moon Funeral Home after their earlier pleas fell on deaf ears.

No cooperation

"We tried everything we could - I want people to know that. We did try to stop the funeral - we tried to warn them several times - this is not my father. They didn't listen - they're still not listening to this day." Spenser added.

Fox2Detroit reported the family filed a lawsuit seeking N3.6 billion in damages and N27 billion for malicious fraud, gross negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Tillman family's lawyer, Kamala Sessoms insisted the suit is not actually about the money but for the emotional turmoil the error caused for the family.

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"This is really not about the money - it's really about the emotional distress that Spenser, his family, his siblings have had to go through," attorney Kamala Sessoms said.

Morgue denies the blunder

Spenser added he had to contact the morgue himself, to get a photo, trying to prove the body at Moon Funeral Home was not his dad's.

The mix up happened in June 2021 and following the family's complaint, Michigan's Licensing Board launched an investigation into the matter.

Moon Funeral Home, through its attorney, denied the allegations and termed them false, malicious and not true.

According to the attorney, the morgue conducted an investigation and found out it was not true.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an ambulance driver had stated that if a dead body is not given proper funeral, the car carrying it may stop.

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Speaking in an interview with YEN TV, Emmanuel Kofi revealed that he is not afraid when driving the remains of the dead, saying he's never experienced an incident where a dead person stood up from the coffin.

''I recently started the job, and I picked my first body at the Korle-Bu Medical School to Dzorwulu and later to Aburi [in the Eastern Region] for burial. I returned alone, and nothing happened," he told YEN TV.

Source: Legit.ng

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