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The death of a child is a particularly awful occurrence, which can be made more awful if it happened because of someone's negligence. If there is cause to believe that a wrongful death case can be brought into court over the death of a child, the rules for awarding damages are a bit different. There is no way to judge the future earnings or potential for a child, so often the pecuniary damages awarded to parents are small compared with a wrongful death case of an adult. Some states also allow wrongful death cases to be brought on behalf of an unborn child, but it varies, so it is important to consult a wrongful death attorney to see if you have the legal right for this sort of case.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|