Child Wrongful Death
Last updated Monday, November 20th, 2023
Losing an infant is every parent’s worst nightmare, particularly if the child dies due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. The Connecticut infant wrongful death attorneys at Wocl Leydon understand the huge emotional toll that losing a child can take on parents. We work tirelessly to help parents who have lost an infant child due to negligence hold the responsible parties accountable. A team of infant wrongful death lawyers can be beneficial.
Our child wrongful death attorneys have successfully represented parents across Connecticut for many years in cases involving traffic accidents, hazardous products, medical malpractice, and more. If you lost your child due to someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, you could be entitled to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Contact our Connecticut wrongful death lawyers at Wocl Leydon today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss the facts of your case and review your legal options.
What Is a Child Wrongful Death Claim in Connecticut?
A wrongful death occurs when someone else’s negligence or misconduct causes the death of another person. A child wrongful death claim allows you to seek compensation from the at-fault party if you believe your child died due to a negligent or intentional act.
Common Factors in the Death of a Child
Many factors could result in the untimely death of a child, and many of them are preventable. Some of the common causes of child wrongful death can be tied to someone else’s negligence – for example, a caregiver, a medical professional, a product manufacturer, or a motorist.
Some common factors in the wrongful death of a child include:
- Medical malpractice – Medical malpractice could involve birth injuries, such as failure to recommend a C-section when a C-section would have saved the baby, failure to recognize hypoxia, or the improper use of instruments. It could also involve misdiagnoses, medication errors, surgical errors, and more. If a doctor or other healthcare provider was negligent, they could be held liable.
- Neonatal death – When premature infants are born, the delivery requires extra care. If a doctor or another medical professional is negligent and the baby dies as a result, that could be grounds for a child’s wrongful death suit.
- Defective products – Manufacturers who design and produce defective products such as baby cribs, dangerous toys, and other items could potentially be held liable if one of their products causes a child’s death. Dangerous products often put children at risk of choking or suffocation.
- Traffic-related accidents – Negligent motorists who bring about the death of a child by driving recklessly, driving drunk, driving while distracted, or engaging in some other negligent behavior could be liable for a child’s wrongful death.
- Poisoning – When care centers or other parties leave harmful substances within a child’s reach, they could be held liable for their carelessness.
- Drowning – Pools and water parks lacking appropriate safety protocols or supervision could result in the drowning of a child.
- Falling – Young children could suffer a fatal fall when childcare centers or other entities fail to take reasonable measures to make their environments safe.
Making a Case for a Child Wrongful Death Case in Connecticut
To make a successful case for a wrongful death settlement in Connecticut, you will need to prove that another party’s negligence contributed to your infant’s untimely passing. To do this, you’ll have to demonstrate that:
- The individual, medical professional, or other negligent entity whose actions caused your infant’s death was responsible for their safety. For instance, if you are giving birth, the delivery doctor would be considered responsible for the safe delivery of your child. A motorist would owe a duty of reasonable care to prevent an accident that could injure your child. A manufacturer has a responsibility to sell safe children’s products.
- You will also need to show that the person responsible for your child’s safety made a negligent mistake. For instance, if it was clear that a C-section was necessary for a safe delivery and the doctor ignored the signs, or if they provided an incorrect dose of a particular medication, that could be considered negligent.
- Lastly, you’ll need to show how the at-fault party’s negligence directly contributed to your child’s death.
Determining liability in child wrongful death cases is far from straightforward, and multiple at-fault parties may be involved. If you believe your infant or young child died due to someone else’s negligence, it is imperative to get an attorney involved as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the resources to conduct a full investigation into the incident and identify all liable parties and all potential sources of compensation.
What Compensation May I Seek from a Child’s Wrongful Death Claim?
If you lost your child because of someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to recover compensation. Compensation in a wrongful death case is intended to compensate parents for both financial and non-financial losses, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
- Therapy and medications
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from losing a child
You might feel anxious about taking on a large entity such as a hospital or a toy manufacturer, but our attorneys have what it takes to fight for you and help you seek the justice you deserve.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Case for a Child in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, the person who has been assigned as the executor or administrator of the child’s estate can file a wrongful death suit on the child’s behalf. If the child’s estate does not have an executor, then the court may appoint one.
Our Connecticut Child Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Here for You
If you have lost your child due to another party’s negligence, the child wrongful death attorneys at Wocl Leydon, LLC, want to help. Our attorneys have the skills and experience to investigate the incident, gather evidence to support your case, document and calculate damages you are owed, and pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
We understand how traumatic and devastating it is to lose a child. Pursuing compensation through a child wrongful death claim can reduce the significant financial burden on your shoulders and help give you the time and space you need to grieve.
Our compassionate attorneys can safeguard your rights and fight for the full settlement you deserve. If we cannot obtain a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to pursue compensation through the courts.
Contact our attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.