A New York City funeral home has been sued for $ 88 million after a family learned they placed the wrong person on their mother’s land.
The family of Sadie Williams, 87, said they warned Long Island’s Joseph A Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home of confusion ahead of the funeral, but were assured the body shown to them was that of their mother .
“I said, ‘It’s not my mother’s fingernails. Her burn mark isn’t on her arm, ”Salimah Lee told CBS New York.
“I said, ‘Mum has a mole.’ I kept choosing different things. He was standing at the top of the funeral home steps, laughing, saying, “Oh, I hear that all the time. They tell me. People say that all the time. The embalming fluid smooths them out. ‘ “
And the family say that three days after the funeral, the director called them to tell them about the mistake and apologize.
“He said, ‘I just want you to know it wasn’t your mother,’” Ms. Lee said.
Ms Lee says she immediately went to the Long Island funeral home and was shown her mother’s body.
“She’s my mom… I just knew that.” I said her mole was gone and everything, ”Lee can be heard saying in the video.
“I’m just sick. I’m sick… So now I have to tell the other family, ”we hear the funeral director.
According to Muslim tradition, Ms Williams was supposed to be buried within 72 hours, but it ultimately took 22 days.
The family is now claiming $ 88 million for gross negligence.
“They questioned and they questioned and they questioned him, and the funeral director insisted he was right,” said Phil Rizzuto, the family’s lawyer.
The funeral home made “no comment” when contacted by WABC television about the lawsuit.
The Independent Gt