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Johnson v. University Hospitals of Cleveland

Supreme Court of Ohio
540 N.E.2d 1370 (1989)


Facts

University Hospitals of Cleveland and three physicians (defendants) negligently performed a tubal ligation for sterilization purposes on Ruth Johnson (plaintiff). Subsequently, Johnson became pregnant and gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Johnson filed a negligence suit against defendants seeking damages for pain and suffering resulting from the pregnancy and birth, medical bills, and anticipated lifetime child-rearing expenses. The trial court granted Johnson damages of $12,500 associated with her pain and suffering and medical expenses. The trial court denied Johnson any recovery for child-rearing expenses. Johnson appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in denying her child-rearing damages. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s judgment. The Supreme Court of Ohio granted certiorari to review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)

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