Most medical malpractice cases focus around injury, but the real focal point of these cases is recovering economic losses. These are typically tied to injuries, which is why those cases are most prevalent, but they're not the only types of medical malpractice cases that can be considered. This has been made very clear in Michigan, where a woman is suing her doctor because she got pregnant. She's calling it a wrongful conception.


The problem is that the woman never wanted to or intended to become pregnant. In 2008, when she was in her 40s, she found out that there was a very good chance a child born to her would have Down syndrome. To prevent it, she decided to have her fallopian tubes tied, which would prevent pregnancy entirely.

When she went in, though, she claims her doctor said those tubes were blocked, anyway, preventing an egg from descending. She says he told her she didn't need to have her tubes tied, that she didn't need to use birth control, and that she couldn't get pregnant. She didn't have the procedure and stopped worrying about it.

In 2011, though, she got pregnant with a baby girl. She had the child, who did end up having Down syndrome. Though she loves the child and has called her "sweet" and "full of life," she says that she had to go through a lot of emotional distress. She claims her doctor was negligent in telling her she wasn't fertile. She is not suing for the cost of the pregnancy or caring for the child, but for the stress that the situation put her through.

Seeking Damages

This case demonstrates just how different medical malpractice cases can be and the impact that negligence can have on you, even when you're not physically injured. Be sure you know all of the different causes for which you can seek compensation when a doctor makes a mistake, as you may have options that you never considered before.