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Million Dollar Settlement for Death of Mother and Unborn Child

While the presidential candidates debate whether federal funding of Planned Parenthood should be discontinued, based on their particular views of when a “child” becomes a “child,” a 2012 amendment to the Virginia Code paved the way for a recent case of first impression.

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Prior to July 1, 2012, Virginia case law did not allow for a recovery based on the death of an unborn child. The 2012 amendment created a cause of action for damages for the death of an unborn child resulting from negligence, medical malpractice, or domestic abuse.

In 2014, a 38-year old woman, who was seven months pregnant with her first child, died in an automobile collision caused by a negligent driver. Her unborn child died as well. The woman’s husband and the father of her unborn child received a settlement of $500,000 for the wrongful death of his wife and an additional $500,000 for the wrongful death of his unborn child.

The debate goes on . . .