Lawsuit Says Man's Body Was Mishandled

She says her husband's body was flown home in a wet cardboard box.

Now, a central Kentucky woman says someone should have to pay.

It's been nearly a year since Charlene Groves' husband, Ronald, died in Florida.

While he received a proper burial in Franklin County, she claims Ronald's body was treated no better than a piece of luggage on the trip north.

Groves is now suing Delta Air Lines, who transported the body, and the Florida funeral home who prepared the body to be transported.

The lawsuit claims Groves suffered mental pain and anguish, along with emotional distress.

Ronald Groves died in February, 2007, while in Florida.

His family had made arrangements to have his body transported to Kentucky for burial.

The lawsuit claims the funeral home wrapped Groves' body in plastic, then placed it in a cardboard box.

But according to the lawsuit, the plane made a stop in Atlanta. That's where the suit then claims workers left the box out in the rain, causing it to get wet and tear.

Charlene Groves says the body was delivered in extremely poor shape.

27 NEWSFIRST spoke with officials at Delta, who say it's not their policy to comment on pending litigation.


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  • by All you idiots Location: Lexington on Jan 19, 2008 at 08:52 AM
    The funeral home did what it was supposed to do. They did nothing wrong. It was Delta that mucked things up you (edited).
  • by jp Location: ky on Jan 19, 2008 at 04:12 AM
    don i bet if this was your father or mother you would not like it either.or maby not
  • by Christi Location: East Ky on Jan 18, 2008 at 11:23 PM
    This is so sad, I cannot imagine what it must have been like for this family. I am usually not a person that beleives that people should sue or anything, but this is a case were I think the family, especially the wife may need some counseling and deserves it to be paid for, it may even be in the best interest of the funeral home to pro bono the cost of the funeral.
  • by steve Location: lincoln co on Jan 18, 2008 at 07:37 PM
    too the man who made the remark..."somebody with a greedy slime bag lawyer" i bet you wouldnt be saying that if that had been your mother or father that was mishandled in that way.... think before you speak...slime bag!!!!!
  • by Bonnie Location: Laurel Co. on Jan 18, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    I agree with (me's)comment. The funeral home could have sent the body in a wooden box. And I think Delta shouldn't have accepted it in cardboard box. Isn't there some procedure or law about how to handle the transportation of a body. I feel there was no respect given here. Especially by this funeral home.
  • by steve Location: lincoln co. on Jan 18, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    how sad for this lady to have too go thu this she deserves too be compensated for her pain and suffering... her husband was treated like a peice of luggage ( i know how luggage is treated by delta..THEY SUCK) i say..sue the pants off them u deserve it..
  • by Don Location: London on Jan 18, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    Just somebody else with a greedy,slime-bag lawyer wanting something for nothing.Get over it.
  • by Me Location: Ky on Jan 18, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    Bless this ladies heart. She had to have been tormented to think her husband was treated so badly. The funeral home and the air line should have to pay damages suffered by her.

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