Lars Larson on Wrongful Birth Lawsuits

Did you ever think we’d be talking about a lawsuit for Wrongful Life? It seems amazing. I understand the idea of Wrongful Death lawsuits. Somebody dies. You sue the person who caused the death and say, “That person was special to me. You killed them and took them away from me. I would like some compensation.”

Now we have a lawsuit for Wrongful Life. Parents who visited a doctor and were told it was unlikely they would have a Down syndrome child. Well, they did have a Down syndrome child. Now they say the weight, the burden, of having that child has put a strain on their relationship, a strain on their marriage.

They are going to have to care for that child for the rest of the child’s life, even after the parents are gone. So, they want $14 million from the doctor.

The doctor’s information may have been faulty and imperfect, but the fact is they are the parents. The idea of suing and saying a Down syndrome child is too much of a burden is absurd. I hope the jury rejects it.

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    Boy, if ever there was a case to stay out of until you heard all the facts, this is it.

    I heard Lars talking about this on the radio. Ok, so I was running a lathe and might have missed some of it but I sure didn’t hear a lot of background on this.

    Do we know if the test was done competently?

    I’ve done that little walk into the doctors office to find out the results of amniocentesis. Its pretty much like going into the courtroom to find out if you are going to be convicted of murder.

    “Wow, gee, this is kind of fun. I’m going to walk in and the doctor is going to tell me the results of a test that is supposed to be about the baby but really is largely to determine if we want an abortion or not”

    I mean that’s like a major point of the test isn’t it? They don’t call me Mr. Romance for nothing.

    “Hi, we just got the results of the amnio back, your baby is going to have Downs Syndrome, we just thought you might want to plan ahead, you know, for room decor, play toys, maybe think about a name?”

    I mean that’s not why they do the test in all reality is it?

    No, they do it so you can decide if you want to carry the baby to term. Sure, you might decide to do that regardless of the outcome of the test, but that unsaid aspect of it is very present in everyone’s mind. It makes it scary as hell.

    Ok – So these parents are effectively saying, look, if we knew this child was going to have Downs, we would have aborted.

    Who knows, maybe they have zero financial resources. Maybe they both know they have short tempers. Maybe both parents have Downs syndrome siblings and from first hand knowledge know for a fact they could never give the kind of care that child would need.

    It could also be they got talked into the suit by a lawyer.

    It could be a lot of things. However, this is one case where the radar should go off a little bit. I think there are probably a lot more facts here than meet the eye.

  • Rebecca in Oregon

    This sounds just like a book I just read called “Handle With Care” by Jodi Picoult.

    The mother in that story gave birth to a child with a rare disease and blamed the doctor for “wrongful birth”. Ruined so many lives and medical practices in the process. Sure the fictional woman won in the end, but at what cost?

    I have a hard time with the fact that anyone says, well, if I had known I would have chosen to have an abortion. Life is never so cut and dried. Would you really? Or are you just looking for a way to make money off of someone because of the concept of the unknown?

  • valley person

    From the little Lars provides, it does appear to be a botched diagnosis. Whether that rises to the level of malpractice or not is why we have courts and trial lawyers who take cases on contingency.

    And in America, abortion is still legal, so the parents had that choice available to them. There is not much question that raising a Downs kid is going to cost them a bunch, both in money and in time. Who should pay? I don’t know. I’m glad I’m not on the jury.

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