Bodies were buried on top of each other, others misplaced by Tennessee cemetery. Jury awards families $9 million.

October 1, 2018

Last week, a jury decided that a Bartlett cemetery was negligent and willfully mishandled hundreds of bodies under their care. Some were misplaced, and many others were placed into single graves, often crushing the coffins beneath.


Approximately 1,200 offended families filed a class action suit against the now out of business Galilee Memorial Cemetery in Bartlett. On September 24th, the jury returned with a decision to award each family $7,500. Many of those in the courtroom were audibly upset with the award amount. Of those 1,200 families, several still have no idea where their relatives are buried. Galilee Memorial Cemetery was owned by the Lambert family. The jury decided Galilee was 99% responsible, and placed 1% of the blame on funeral homes associated with the burials. Read more about the decision here.


At the law offices of T. Verner Smith, we represent clients and clients of loved ones who have suffered personal injury or death due to the negligence of another. These types of lawsuits not only provide necessary compensation for those who were wrongfully hurt in an accident, but also creates an environment of caution leading to higher safety standards for all. Contact us for a free consultation at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.



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