When a baby is born, it is one of the most precious events parents will ever experience. Unfortunately, tragedy can sometimes mar this event, replacing much of the joy with worry and despair. Regardless of the injuries a baby might suffer during birth, parents want the child to survive, live a happy life and prosper. Some birth injuries might be considered mild but others can seriously impede the child's ability to thrive and to grow.
It is a concept not usually considered in typical suicide cases--whether a doctor's error or malpractice played a role in the deceased's actions. New Jersey families who have suffered the loss of a loved one by his or her own hand face a particularly rough road to healing. Often, they look for someone to blame for the tragedy that has taken over their lives. In most cases, this search remains fruitless, but a recent report illustrates how it might be possible for a doctor's action or inaction to contribute to suicide.