Appeals court upholds $50M award in genetic testing case

OLYMPIA — A Washington appeals court has upheld a $50 million verdict in favor of a King County couple whose son was born with severe birth defects that should have been detected by genetic testing.

Seattlepi.com reported that the court affirmed a 2013 jury verdict in favor of Rhea and Brock Wuth. Their son, Oliver, suffers from a chromosomal problem that they had asked doctors to check for before he was born.

Brock Wuth carried a rare genetic abnormality. Fearing their child might have the same problem, they asked for tests, but they came back negative. The child was born with severe physical and mental disabilities that will require a lifetime of demanding care.

The Wuth’s sued Valley Medical Center in Renton and Laboratory Corporation of America claiming the testing was inadequate. A jury agreed and awarded a $50 million judgment.

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