Philadelphia Law Firm Files Lawsuits on Behalf of Loved Ones' Snatched Body Parts
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has been conducting an investigation with respect to the Garzone Funeral Home and Liberty Cremation, Inc., in Philadelphia and their involvement in the body parts scandal. Louie Garzone is part owner of Liberty Cremation, Inc.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has been notifying the family members of loved ones whose body parts were stolen. Philadelphia law firm Anapol Schwartz currently has been filing lawsuits against the funeral homes and tissue companies on behalf of family members whose loved ones’ body parts were illegally stolen and sold for profit.
In New Jersey there is multidistrict litigation which mostly consists of recipient cases (people who received the recalled body parts) and class action cases for only the recipients of these body parts. Anapol Schwartz is co-lead counsel in the multidistrict litigation in Newark, NJ. There are individuals who have filed cases in the Federal Court MDL who have manifested diseases of hepatitis C and HIV after receiving a tainted implant. There are also people who died of cancer. "Our office has two clients where the decedent died from cancer" said Lawrence R. Cohan, Esq., "We have seen evidence of falsifyied death certificate records so that the decedent would appear younger and they also changed they decedent's cause of death to a cardiac related death. We also believe that the records will prove that funeral homes were falsifying consent forms by making up fictitious names and addresses for the decedent's next-of-kin and forging signatures."
Most of the people involved in the class action lawsuit received tainted bone implants and dental implants. However, they have not yet manifested any diseases. Yet, the fact of knowing that bone implants and dental implants were improperly obtained from infirm, diseased, old, infectious, and possibly terminally ill dead people causes immense emotional stress and yet to be confirmed physical and medical ramifications.
The Department of State and the Philadelphia District Attorney's office launched separate investigations into the Louis Garzone Funeral home after the Daily News reported that the funeral home was linked to a multi-state probe led by the Brooklyn, N.Y., district attorney.
Brooklyn authorities alleged that Biomedical Tissue Service, Inc. of Fort. Lee, N.J., teamed up with about 30 funeral homes in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia and illegally dissected corpses for profit.
Two former Biomedical Tissue Service employees told the Daily News that they extracted bones, veins, and tendons from dozens of corpses inside the Louis Garzone Funeral Home. One employee said he dissected bodies at Garzone funeral home for more than a year.