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State outside Alaska awards largest court in wrongful death case

Many parents in Alaska are among others throughout the nation that entrust the care of their children to professionals in day care facilities. State laws governing such issues vary. A recent tragedy occurred in one state that led to parents filing a wrongful death claim after the tragic loss of their 7-month-old son.

Apparently, in the state where the family resides, the law prohibits any swaddling or wrapping a child snugly during nap time. This seems to be what occurred when the couple's infant was put down for his nap on the day of his death. At some point, after being swaddled and put to sleep, he was found unresponsive and face down. An autopsy determined that the child had suffocated.

His parents sued the day care facility, claiming that the negligence of its staff members caused their son's untimely death. In a verdict that took an entire day to render, the jury awarded compensation to the parents 20 times more than they had initially sought through their claim. The $142 million verdict is the highest ever known to be awarded in the Texas county.

No amount of money can make up for the wrongful death of a child. However, parents' grief is often followed by further distress caused by financial debt associated with a tragedy of this nature. Funeral expenses and other costs may accumulate, which many parents are unprepared to meet. An experienced personal injury attorney can help parents in Alaska determine the maximum amount of compensation to which they may be entitled if the legal claim they file in court is successful. 

Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Dallas parents win $142M verdict after infant suffocates at day care", Sarah Mervosh, JUne 23, 2016

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