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McKernan v. Aasheim

Washington Supreme Court
687 P.2d 850 (1984)


Facts

Dr. Glen Aasheim (defendant) performed a tubal ligation on Karen McKernan that didn’t take. She got pregnant and gave birth to a healthy baby. She and her husband (plaintiffs) sued Aasheim for negligence, seeking damages that included the costs of raising a child and providing a college education. Aasheim won a partial summary judgment dismissing the request for those expenses. The appellate court affirmed, prompting the McKernans to appeal further to the Washington Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Dimmick, J.)

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