Woman who Received Flu Shot Instead of Birth Control Awarded $10M

A Seattle woman who became pregnant after she was accidentally given a flu shot instead of birth control has been awarded $10 million.

In a settlement reached in U.S. District Court, Judge Robert Lasnik awarded Yeseni Pacheco $7.5 million for expenses and $2.5 million in damages.

Pacheco filed the suit after she gave birth to a “severely disabled child,” says her attorney, Mike Maxwell. The child was born in spite of the fact that Pacheco had gone to a local clinic for a birth control shot — but the on-duty nurse accidentally gave her a flu shot instead, according to court paperwork.

Since abortion is legal, could the clinic’s attorneys have argued that Pacheco chose not to end the pregnancy? Do medical expenses for pregnancy really add up to $7.5 million?

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