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Understanding the wrongful death of a child

Can you think of anything more exciting than bringing a child into the world? While this is supposed to be one of the greatest joys of your life, it's possible that something could go wrong.

In the most serious of situations, a fetus or newborn child could pass away. If this happens, the parents are often left wondering why. As a result, many parents turn their attention to determining if somebody else, such as a doctor or another medical professional, was at fault.

Simply put, wrongful death is a death that is caused by the fault or negligence of another person. An example of this is a doctor who makes a mistake during labor or delivery, thus resulting in the child's death.

If you find yourself in this position, it's important to first focus on your personal health and well-being. You will have a lot going on, and it can be difficult to process all of the information.

From there, it's your right to learn more about the situation, including if anyone made a mistake that could have caused your child's death.

Due to the fact that you are in a difficult spot, you may find it a challenge to focus on your legal rights. However, when you're feeling up to it, you shouldn't hesitate to get a better idea of what happened and if you are in position to take action.

The wrongful death of a child is a terrible thing. This can be extremely difficult to deal with. By taking action against the negligent party, you may be able to receive compensation while helping prevent the same from happening to other parents in the future.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death of the Fetus or Child," accessed May 19, 2017

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