RECENT SETTLEMENTS! PARENTAL CONSENT FOR BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
We just recently settled another case for $1,000,000.00 involving the need for parental consent for birth control pills. Briefly, our clients’ 17 year old daughter died from the side effects of taking birth control pills. The claim was not against the physician, but against the school who gave the pills to our clients’ daughter. The birth control pills were provided by the daughters’ high school without the mother’s parental consent or knowledge. The mother had no idea her daughter was taking birth control pills. The daughter had a medical history that the school was not aware of, nor did they make any attempt to discover. Later, our clients’ daughter started having side effects from the birth control pills. The mother, not knowing that her daughter was on birth control pills, thought nothing of what appeared to be a simple illness. But, to a person on birth control pills, the symptoms were a sign of serious danger, especially to a person with her daughters’ medical history. In this case, what appeared to be harmless side-effects, turned out to be fatal. The school never wanted to admit fault or liability for providing birth control pills without parental consent. This required us to file suit against the school and litigate the case until we were successful.