Skip to comments.Couple Receives over $21 Million Dollars for "Wrongful Birth" of Handicapped Son
Posted on 07/25/2007 5:23:17 AM PDT by monomaniac
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I guess there is no limit to what one can sue for.
Wonder how much you can get if you have a gay son? But judge, if we only knew we could have aborted.
OK When can we sue LAWYERS for their mistakes too?
My barf-o-meter just slammed into the peg.
Makes me want to throw up.
All our health insurance costs just went up a notch.
What horrible, selfish and brutal people!
No, they have legislated that possibility out of existence.
On this case, I don’t have a problem with the lawsuit. If the Doctors advise was negligence, then they should pay for the consequences. The key would be
WAS THEIR ADVISE NEGLIGENCE?
The doc should turn around and sue the husband. If he had kept it in his pants, this would never have happened. He should have known better. After all, they are his genes.
The next question would be if the doctor was negligent what was actual damages done, and legal costs. For example 3 million could be put in a fund that went to pay for this child’s extra needs throughout his life.. and we could give the lawyer a full million dollars.
I wonder what the critics on this thread would do if they had two severely handicapped children who needed very expensive care to have some semblence of a life and they were were going or had already gone bankrupt trying to provide that care. That’s right, most of you would sue.
One problem is 75% of the people in congress are lawyers. Including it seems virtually all of the top people. Guiliani, Fred, Hillary, Obama, Edwards all lawyers. Even Romney has a law degree, although he didn’t make his money in that field. And even Duncan Hunter is a lawyer, which surprised me(hey we can say we know an honest lawyer).
Well long story short its very difficult to convince anyone that members of their profession should make less money. I’ve heard doctors making half a million a year crying that they are under paid, and comparing themselves to wealthy lawyers and successful wallstreet pros as evidence that they chose the wrong profession.
EXCELLENT POINT. However, if the Husband relied on the Doctor’s advise?
Some states have started to control contingency contracts. There is a place for them, but there should be limits.
“now we’re holding doctors responsible to deliver a perfect baby”
No, that’s not it at all. That’s a red herring. Here’s the correction.
We’re holding doctors responsible to deliver reasonably accurate information about the medical conditions of our children.
There is no tort for wrongful birth in the US — so I am highly surprised that the Judge didn’t throw this out. One hopes that it will get overturned on appeal.
As the sister-in-law to a profoundly disabled adult, I can tell you that the government takes complete care of those with these kinds of disabilities. My brother-in-law has been at a state developmental center since 1969 and is receiving excellent care at no cost to the family.
What I am curious about is if the money is slated to go to the care of the child, in which case the parents can’t legally get their hands on it, or if the money is to be given directly to the parents. hmmm...
In either case, when the child dies, the parents would get whatever is left as next of kin.
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