"When my son passed away after a 14-month hospital stay, I was asked within minutes by the hospital social worker if I planned on suing. To me, unless the suit was going to bring substantial change in how they did things, it was worth nothing. What could they give me that would come close to what I lost? Nothing. As distasteful as pricing the loss of a child to me is, I hope that they get their $40M simply because I hope to see that system bankrupted and maybe if they lose something important to them ? money ? they may take the steps necessary to see that they don't lose more of it. "The mother of a teenager who was choked to death during an altercation with his foster father last month has filed a $40 million wrongful death lawsuit against both foster parents and the private foster home network with which they were affiliated." The foster father, a former bodybuilder, ?has been charged with reckless homicide, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.? After all, it's just a child in care of the State."