Family Wins Claim After Exhumed Relative Tumbles From Mishandled Casket

A jury has found a Greenwood, Indiana, cemetery negligent and awarded $300,000 to four members of a family after a relative's casket broke apart as workers removed it from a vault.

In August 2003, relatives of William Joseph Henry gathered to watch workers at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens move his casket to a permanent vault.

The casket's handles broke off, sending the casket and the decomposed body to the ground.

An attorney representing family members says cemetery employees violated the cemetery's policies by not using a tray to guide the casket out of the vault or covering it with a sheet.