Crematory Sued in a Scheme of Allegedly Stealing Body Parts from Corpses Without Consent from Next-Of-Kin

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Biomedical Tissue Services, Ltd., together with a local crematory, have been sued for allegedly stealing body parts without consent of next-of-kin. Criminal investigations are underway and a Civil lawsuit has been filed by Anapol Schwartz on behalf of the bereaved family.

This is the first of what is anticipated to be numerous lawsuits filed against local funeral homes and crematories where allegations include illegal harvesting of body parts without consent from next-of-kin.

Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. recently filed a case against a local crematory (Jan Schaming, et al. v. Biomedical Tissue Services, Ltd., et al., CCP Philadelphia County MARCH Term 2007 #001840) which alleges that the crematory was under investigation for a scheme of stealing body parts from corpses without consent from next-of-kin.

According to the allegations set forth in the complaint: (1) Jan Schaming was notified by a detective from Philadelphia that her mother's remains were stolen and sold for implantation to various tissue banks; (2) Neither Jan nor any member of her family gave permission to anyone to harvest her mother's body parts for donation; (3) Jan was shown several falsified documents that indicated her mother was in her sixties when she died, when in fact, she was eighty-four; (4) Jan also saw a diagram of all the body parts that were illegally harvested from her mother without consent. (See: CCP Philadelphia 03-2007-001840)

Larry Cohan, Esq., who represents the Schaming family advised, "This is the first of what is anticipated to be numerous lawsuits filed against local funeral homes and crematories where allegations include illegal harvesting of body parts without consent from next-of-kin."

Source: Anapol Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman and Smalley, P.C.
Contact: Anapol Schwartz, Lawrence R. Cohan, Esq., (215)790-4567
Contact: Anapol Schwartz, Melissa Fry Hague, Esq., (215) 790-4563

About Anapol Schwartz P.C.
Since 1977 Anapol Schwartz has been of the nation's preeminent law firms known for landmark verdicts and settlements and for providing clients with the highest level of personalized legal services. Eleven of Anapol Schwartz's lawyers have received jury verdicts in excess of $1 million. The firm specializes in maintaining its tradition of excellence in personal injury, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, class actions, construction site accidents, products liability, automobile litigation, security/investment fraud, and employment litigation.

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