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Posted 8/12/15

Morbidhanson wrote:

I'd think to sue the hospital. Not for a life of poverty but for the direct damage caused by such a mistake.

Not that it would matter, anyway. This isn't something money and the court can really fix. It would be like trying to sue your own mother for your health problems because she was negligent when pregnant with you and fell down some stairs, causing you to be prematurely born. Which actually happened to me, but I'm not suing my biological mom. That wouldn't make sense and wouldn't solve any problems.


If this happened to me though I would be so pissed.
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Hmm... I think one problem would be misinformation about family health history. Not knowing about some high risks to diseases based on your genetics would be a problem. Although I don't think that would prevent treatment, but maybe hinder a diagnosis or delay preventative measures. I guess certain situations would be problematic.
Posted 8/12/15
This is honestly why I hate the world. We honestly still live in a system of nobles and peasants.
Peasants are poverty and the rich are the nobles.
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This is unbelievable. I'd go berserk if this happened to me, $371,233 isn't no where near enough.
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dotsforlife wrote:

Screw the court case and growing up part. My only concern is how the hell does someone mix up a baby? I mean yeah they all look the same (I'm half joking, you get what I mean) but come the fuck on. Don't they have bracelets or some shit with tags?


When I worked in OB a million years ago 4 people including myself verified the bracelets.When you took the infant to the nursery you both had to check and verify identity at the entrance .
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dotsforlife wrote:

Screw the court case and growing up part. My only concern is how the hell does someone mix up a baby? I mean yeah they all look the same (I'm half joking, you get what I mean) but come the fuck on. Don't they have bracelets or some shit with tags?


When I worked in OB a million years ago 4 people including myself verified the bracelets.When you took the infant to the nursery you both had to check and verify identity at the entrance .


Perhaps it was secretly a conspiracy to prove the nuture vs nature hypothesis.
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Posted 8/13/15

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dotsforlife wrote:

Screw the court case and growing up part. My only concern is how the hell does someone mix up a baby? I mean yeah they all look the same (I'm half joking, you get what I mean) but come the fuck on. Don't they have bracelets or some shit with tags?


When I worked in OB a million years ago 4 people including myself verified the bracelets.When you took the infant to the nursery you both had to check and verify identity at the entrance .


Sounds like staff aren't following procedure at that place then. That's a bit concerning. Yikes.
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Posted 8/13/15

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pirththee wrote:


dotsforlife wrote:

Screw the court case and growing up part. My only concern is how the hell does someone mix up a baby? I mean yeah they all look the same (I'm half joking, you get what I mean) but come the fuck on. Don't they have bracelets or some shit with tags?


When I worked in OB a million years ago 4 people including myself verified the bracelets.When you took the infant to the nursery you both had to check and verify identity at the entrance .


Perhaps it was secretly a conspiracy to prove the nuture vs nature hypothesis.


Naw,We tatooed invisible barcodes on their arms and imprinted new memories to secure their loyalty for later induction into the The Knight Templars.
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Posted 8/13/15

dotsforlife wrote:


pirththee wrote:


dotsforlife wrote:

Screw the court case and growing up part. My only concern is how the hell does someone mix up a baby? I mean yeah they all look the same (I'm half joking, you get what I mean) but come the fuck on. Don't they have bracelets or some shit with tags?


When I worked in OB a million years ago 4 people including myself verified the bracelets.When you took the infant to the nursery you both had to check and verify identity at the entrance .


Sounds like staff aren't following procedure at that place then. That's a bit concerning. Yikes.


In my state it's criminal.
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Posted 8/13/15

pirththee

In my state it's criminal.


I would imagine that is standard for most states (Well, I would hope so). At the very least resulting in a dismissal of employment. Seems like something like this happened back in 95' in VA. I don't remember the details but it was more or less the same issue.
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dotsforlife wrote:


pirththee

In my state it's criminal.


I would imagine that is standard for most states (Well, I would hope so). At the very least resulting in a dismissal of employment. Seems like something like this happened back in 95' in VA. I don't remember the details but it was more or less the same issue.


It sucks, but there's probably a statute of limitations in place for things like this. At some point, the chain becomes too long and the deed is done too long ago to be punished. Having doctor and nurse friends, as well as a friend who was formerly a doctor, I get the impression they don't rat each other out and that they cover for one another. Makes investigation hard and you'd have to punish the person who made the mistake, which is hard to determine many years into the future with improper record keeping.

This is a mistake that wasn't immediately caught. Sounds like several years passed before he figured it out.
Posted 8/13/15
I cheated too. Adopted.
Now
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Posted 8/13/15

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Honestly I don't think he should have gotten much money at all. Yes it was the court's bad for making a mistake but really this isn't so much about missing his "real family" as much as it is him finding out he missed out on being an entitled rich brat.

IMO family are those to grow up with. It's those you look after and that look after you. So even if there was a mix up and while that isn't exactly a good thing I don't feel he should be getting "compensation" for not getting to be rich. To be honest if I was him I'm be rather pissed to but speaking objectively I just don't think the hospital should have had to do anything more than pay BOTH families a small settlement for incompetence not paying this guy because he missed out on the easy life.


DESPITE everything I've learned. I agree with this lol.

He had no idea he was switched at birth, he grew up with a family who still loved him. I don't think he should be able to sue for "the life he could've had" but rather the inheritance and what not that he can't have.

The family that raised him still raised him, so there was a lot of effort there and love and time and patience. If the poor family is suing the rich family, then the rich family should sue the poor family for raising their child for them or something. If that's the way they wanna play it.
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Posted 8/13/15 , edited 8/13/15
You're forgetting that it's not the rich family getting sued, they were not at fault, it was the hospital who was responsible. Both men should have sued together and both awarded compensation. Yes they both have families but they've lost the opportunity to meet or know their rightful parents.
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