When a Mother Dies During Pregnancy or Childbirth

Most Connecticut women expect to experience a safe and successful pregnancy and delivery. While it is true that pregnancy and childbirth have become much safer with the available technology, there is always the risk that the mother will not survive. When a mother does die, the cause may be neglect or carelessness on behalf of the medical staff.

There are certain elements that must be present if a family wishes to file a wrongful death claim for the death of the mother. In order to be eligible, the mother must have died due to negligence, intentional misconduct or recklessness by a medical professional. Additionally, the family members must have suffered a financial loss as a direct result of the mother’s death. In most cases, the lawsuit can be filed by the deceased woman’s immediate family members, including the surviving child and the woman’s husband or partner.

Most family members of deceased individuals are looking for compensation from a wrongful death claim. There are a number of different damages that a court may award compensation for, including the cost of the woman’s medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. Additionally, the family members may seek compensation for loss of companionship and support. However, it should be noted that there is a strict statute of limitations, meaning that a wrongful death claim must be filed as soon as possible.

An attorney can determine if the family of a deceased mother has a medical malpractice case. The attorney may be able to gather evidence to prove that the mother’s death was caused by intentional misconduct or recklessness and that another competent doctor would have not caused the death. Additionally, the attorney may assist with documenting the total amount of losses suffered by the family.

Source: FindLaw, “Wrongful Death of the Mother,” Accessed March 4, 2015

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