For many families, infants bring unlimited joy and hope into the world. When their lives are cut short, there are no words to describe the devastation and void that parents and other family members experience.
If the life of your infant was cut short due to the negligence of a doctor or another party, a lawyer who is familiar with infant death claims in Michigan could help. Under the state’s wrongful death laws, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the damages you face due to your immense loss.
What are the Common Causes of Infant Death?
According to the CDC, the most common causes of infant deaths accounted for in one year were caused by:
- Birth defects (5,819)
- Low birth weight and prematurity (4,841)
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (2,323)
- Maternal complications (1,683)
- Accidents/unintentional injuries (1,147)
- Complications of the placenta, cord, and membranes (1,140)
- Respiratory distress of newborn (825)
- Bacterial sepsis of newborn (807)
- Neonatal hemorrhage (618)
- Diseases of the circulatory system (543)
Unfortunately, many of these deaths were likely to be preventable with proper medical care and treatment. If an infant died as the result of a medical mistake, our birth injury lawyers could work to obtain all of the medical records and have them reviewed by our medical-legal team to determine fault. Whenever you feel ready, reach out to a compassionate lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. today.
Liability for an Infant Death in Michigan
Michigan’s wrongful death statute is found in Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.2922. Under this statute, when an infant dies through the neglect or wrongful act—in action—of another party, their parents, grandparents, or siblings have the legal grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Whether a doctor, medical professional, or another party caused this death, the law provides a way for their family to seek justice and compensation for their damages. Most wrongful death cases are rooted in negligence. When a person does not uphold their duty to treat an infant with a specific and reasonably prudent standard of care, they are considered to be negligent.
Determining each element of an infant death claim is often difficult, requiring extensive knowledge of Michigan law. By enlisting the skills of a dedicated attorney, a potential claimant could better understand how to pursue a claim.
Recoverable Damages in a Michigan Infant Death Case
When the family members of a deceased infant file a wrongful death lawsuit, it is usually done to seek justice and to recover monetary compensation for the damages both they and their infant have suffered. These damages can represent both economic and non-economic losses, depending on the unique circumstances of each case. State law allows the following damages to be claimed:
- Reasonable medical, hospital, funeral, and burial expenses
- Reasonable compensation for the pain and suffering the infant may have suffered before their death
- Loss of the society and companionship of the deceased
- Emotional trauma
While some of these losses have a definitive price tag, others are often more difficult to calculate. By working with a compassionate attorney, a claimant could have assistance in assessing the full extent of their losses after a tragic infant death in Michigan.
Compassionate Help from a Michigan Infant Death Lawyer
Losing a baby is one of the most life-altering experiences someone could face. When such a loss occurs due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you have legal rights if you wish to seek compensation with the help of a Michigan infant death lawyer.
A caring lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could help to answer your questions, explain your rights, and help you with each step of the ensuing legal process. To so schedule a consultation, reach out to an attorney whenever you feel ready.
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