It goes without saying that bringing a child into the world is one of the greatest joys an individual can experience.
Unfortunately, this joy can take a turn for the worse if something happens to the mother or baby during labor or delivery.
In the event that a mother dies during childbirth as the result of medical negligence, it’s important for surviving family members to learn more about what happened.
First and foremost, there should be a detailed explanation in regards to what went wrong.
Secondly, unless you’re 100 percent satisfied with the answer, you may want to investigate more on your own. This could lead you to believe that a medical professional was responsible for the death, thus putting you in position to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against that party.
In order to file a wrongful death claim after a mother dies during childbirth, the following elements must be in place:
- The mother passed away.
- The death was caused by negligent or misconduct by a medical professional.
- The person filing the lawsuit has suffered some type of financial loss related to the death.
In the event of a successful wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff may receive compensation for: medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of companionship.
Nobody wants to consider the fact that a mother could die during childbirth, but this has happened in the past and will continue to occur in the future. If you lose a woman in your life in this manner, don’t hesitate to learn more about the details surrounding her death.
Source: FindLaw, “Wrongful Death of the Mother,” accessed Dec. 22, 2016