Funeral Costs in Louisiana After a Wrongful Death
After losing your loved one to a fatal and unexpected accident, your family is entitled to a settlement that adequately covers the sudden expenses brought on by funeral costs and arrangements. In many cases, the sudden wrongful death of your loved one means that there were no prior arrangements made, which can increase the financial burden on your family.
A Louisiana wrongful death settlement will take into account funeral costs, which can add up to $10,000 or more.
What Kind of Funeral Costs Can I Expect?
Following the death of your family member, you have many decisions to make. One of the immediate concerns is organizing proper funeral arrangements, which can be quite costly without pre-arrangements or burial insurance. A standard list of funeral costs in Louisiana can be as high as $11,250, including (on average):
- Funeral home services: $4,250
- Cemetery services: $2,200
- Merchandise (casket, flowers, etc.): $4,000
- Misc. costs (obituary, announcements): $800
You were most likely not expecting so many expenses and arrangements needing attention so quickly. A Louisiana wrongful death attorney can help you file a claim to recover those costs through a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for your loss.
Your Rights & Choices In Funeral Arrangements
Many funeral homes and cemeteries will have rules and standards for their services. While many are set forth by local and state laws, some are only guidelines that the company has designated on their own behalf. You should be aware of the “funeral rule” enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, which states the following rights:
- You have the right to choose the funeral goods and services you want (with some exceptions)
- The funeral provider must state this right in writing on the general price list
- If state or local law requires you to buy any particular item, the funeral provider must disclose it on the price list, with a reference to the specific law
- The funeral provider may not refuse, or charge a fee, to handle a casket you bought elsewhere
- A funeral provider that offers cremations must make alternative containers available
Louisiana state laws do specify that the cemetery has the right to restrict the type of grave markers (including headstones, monuments and plants) used on their property.