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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Incorrect Claims of Paternity Result in Lawsuit Against Hospital

Stork-babyA California woman is suing Huntington Memorial Hospital after her and her husband were given incorrect information from a nurse at the hospital. Cathleen Clarke claims that after giving birth, a nurse came into her hospital room and told her and her husband that her new baby was not her husband’s child. Clarke says the nurse told her that a blood test had revealed this shocking detail, and the new parents assumed that there must have been a mix up when Clarke was artificially inseminated.

After the news from the nurse, Clarke and her husband went to counseling and began divorce proceedings. Clarke claims that she was put through serious emotional distress and expense as a result of the misinformation provided by the hospital nurse. Clarke is seeking damages for her negligent infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium claims.

See Matt Reynolds, Oy Vey, Courthouse News Service, Feb. 4, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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