Woman who received flu shot instead of birth control awarded $10 million

A Seattle woman who became pregnant after she was accidentally given a flu shot instead of birth control has been awarded $10 million.

In a settlement reached in U.S. District Court, Judge Robert Lasnik awarded Yeseni Pacheco $7.5 million for expenses and $2.5 million in damages.

Pacheco filed the suit after she gave birth to a “severely disabled child,” says her attorney, Mike Maxwell. The child was born in spite of the fact that Pacheco had gone to a local clinic for a birth control shot — but the on-duty nurse accidentally gave her a flu shot instead, according to court paperwork.

Since abortion is legal, could the clinic’s attorneys have argued that Pacheco chose not to end the pregnancy? Do medical expenses for a pregnancy really add up to $7.5 million?