Birth Malpractice Suit Settles for $4.5 Million

Bryan Santana was born with no legs and one arm. Bryan’s parents sued Dr. Marie Morel, OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches and Perinatal Specialists of the Palm Beaches for failure to inform them that their son would be born with such defects. According to the lawsuit, “Morel and an ultrasound technician failed to properly examine Mejia during the pregnancy or they would have detected the missing limbs. The doctor and technician signed off on an examination report that they had seen all four limbs during the ultrasound.”
As a result of the birth defects, Bryan will need prosthetic limbs and significant medical care throughout his life.
Florida is one of 25 states in the country that allows wrongful birth malpractice lawsuits which allow parents to sue healthcare providers for failure to properly warn them about serious genetic or congenital abnormalities prior to birth. Such suits allege that the failure to warn prevents parents from making fully informed decisions about a pregnancy.

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