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What happens if my baby dies because of a doctor's error?

Pregnancy and birth are aspects of a woman's life that usually bring great joy. Most women think that everything will go greatly and there won't be any issues. Sadly, some women will leave the hospital or birth center with empty arms because a doctor's error claimed the life of her baby. When that happens, there is nothing that will bring the baby back, but the woman might decide that she is going to seek compensation for the baby's death.

What issues might lead to a birth injury that causes death?

Birth injuries can be the result of a host of issues. One of these issues is that the doctor or nursing staff member doesn't act in a manner that provides the woman and baby with adequate care. The acts that lead to the baby's death can occur during labor or delivery. These acts can be the result of reckless behavior or negligent behavior. In some cases, the acts might be intentional.

What options do I have if my baby died because of neglect?

You can explore your right to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. This can help cover some of the expenses that you incurred because of your baby's death. You will have to show that the medical professional's actions led to the baby's death. This is sometimes difficult, but it isn't usually impossible. Generally, you will need to start the process as soon as possible so that critical evidence can be gathered and studied. Fast action is also necessary to ensure that you meet the time limits for claims that are set by Pennsylvania law.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death of the Fetus or Child," accessed April 01, 2016

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