Wrongful Birth Lawsuit Yields $2.9 Million Jury Verdict

A Portland Oregon coupled sued their doctors who failed to diagnose that their unborn daughter had Down’s Syndrome, a serious genetic condition. Making matters worse, the doctors made affirmative statements to the couple that the unborn fetus was free of any genetic defects.
The couple noted that they would not have continued the pregnancy if they knew about the genetic defect. At trial, it was revealed that tests on the fetus suggested the unborn baby might have Down’s Syndrome but the doctors continued to assure the prospective parents that the fetus was free of any genetic abnormality.
The jury found the doctors negligent in five instances and awarded $2.9 million to the couple so that they can provide care for their child.