For a parent, few things are worse than the death of a child. Sadly, there are many situations where infants may be killed due to the actions or negligence of others. In these cases, parents will want to understand their options for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against a person or company that was responsible for their child’s death. No amount of money will ever be able to replace a parent’s child, the justice system offers monetary remedies to help a family address the effects of their loss and move forward with their lives while working through the grief and sorrow they are experiencing.
Issues Affecting Infant Wrongful Death Cases
Certain family members of a deceased person may pursue wrongful death lawsuits. In cases where infants are wrongfully killed, the child’s parents may take legal action to pursue compensation from the person or parties who were responsible. While the damages from an infant death are immeasurable, it is important to speak with an attorney in order to understand that value in terms of compensation of what was lost. Wrongful death claims must generally be filed within two years after a child’s death. These cases may address deaths that occurred because of:
- Car wrecks or truck accidents caused by negligent drivers or other parties
- Defective products, such as cribs, changing tables, high chairs, car seats, or toys containing small parts that may be choking hazards
- Birth injuries that occurred because of negligence by doctors or nurses during pregnancy, labor, or delivery
- Daycare injuries that took place because of negligence by workers or dangerous conditions at a childcare facility
- Drowning incidents where a child was unsupervised or inadequately supervised
Through a wrongful death claim, parents may pursue financial compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include any financial losses related to a child’s death. For example, if a child received extensive medical treatment for an injury that eventually resulted in their death, parents may seek compensation for the costs of hospitalization, surgery, medications, or other medical expenses. A wrongful death settlement may also address the costs of a child’s funeral and burial.
In many cases, infant wrongful death settlements will address non-economic damages. These damages may include compensation for loss of companionship suffered by a family because parents were unable to have a loving relationship with their child and see them grow up and live a full life. Parents may also be able to receive compensation for the grief, sorrow, and mental anguish they have suffered because of the death of their child. Obviously, these types of damages typically far exceed and are far more important than economic damages. In some cases, courts may also award punitive damages meant to punish a person for gross negligence or acts that were likely to cause harm, such as drunk driving.
Contact Our Carrollton Wrongful Death Attorney
If your infant suffered fatal injuries due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Hartley Law Firm provides legal help and representation in these cases, and we can make sure the person responsible for your child’s death will be held liable for the harm done to your family. We will not rest until your family receives the financial compensation you deserve. Contact our Carrollton, TX wrongful death lawyer today by calling 469-289-6063 and scheduling a free consultation.