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Infant Wrongful Death

Death and Medical Negligence During Childbirth

There is nothing in this world more devastating than losing a child. When this tragedy occurs as the result of malpractice, it is considered an infant wrongful death. Typically the surviving family members retain the legal rights to pursue a case against the professionals responsible.

What Causes an Infant’s Wrongful Death?

Infant wrongful death can result from many negligent actions by health care professionals. These actions may include failure to:

A major cause of infant wrongful death results from the failure to perform a cesarean section when necessary, such as when maternal or fetal complications occur. These complications may include:

Medical negligence can also occur during the neonatal period. Neonatal failures that may lead to infant wrongful death include failure to provide:

  • Proper resuscitation after a traumatic birth
  • Head or body cooling
  • Necessary medications
  • Proper neonatal personnel such as a pediatrician or neonatologist to examine an infant during a difficult delivery

Additionally, improper monitoring of the following vitals can result in infant wrongful death:

  • Neonate temperature
  • Blood sugar
  • Blood pressure
  • Jaundice

How Can I Bring a Claim for Infant Wrongful Death?

Generally, claims are brought under survival statutes. The personal representative authorized to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of the deceased child is entitled to monetary damages that result from the child’s death. These damages include, but are not limited to:

  • Funeral costs
  • Lost income
  • Medical costs associated with trying to save the child’s life
  • Pain and suffering.

Each state has its own laws that govern the time frame in which wrongful death lawsuits may be filed. Unfortunately, these time limits are typically very short. Therefore, it is important to pursue these cases as soon as possible.

Contacting an experienced attorney who can assist during this difficult time is an important first step. We understand that your family is mourning after such a tragic event. However, it is important to learn about your legal options quickly. This is critical due to the short time period you may have to legally bring a wrongful death action against those responsible.

Contact Our Infant Wrongful Death Lawyers

Please contact us if you believe you may have an infant wrongful death claim. Our attorneys will first investigate your claim and examine your medical records before determining whether medical negligence may have been the cause of infant wrongful death. We help families across the United States, with offices located in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Wilmington and Birmingham. Call us at (877) 262-9767 to schedule a free consultation.

The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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