VALLEY FIRM SUED IN BABY SWITCHING.
Byline: Enrique Rivero Staff Writer
A San Fernando-based maker of hospital identification bands has been sucked into a highly publicized pub·li·cize
tr.v. pub·li·cized, pub·li·ciz·ing, pub·li·ciz·es
To give publicity to.
Adj. 1. publicized - made known; especially made widely known
publicised baby-switching incident at the University of Virginia hospital.
Precision Dynamics Corp. is being sued by Paula Johnson, the mother of one of the babies, who claims that the company's Veri-Color identification bands' defective design allowed them to slip off her daughter and another child, leading to the inadvertent switch about four years ago.
``The heart of the suit is the product put out by Precision Dynamics and the problems with it,'' said Daniel Zohar, Johnson's Los Angeles-based attorney. ``The main purpose of this product is to enable people to identify their babies, and if the band can slip off and is defectively made so it can slip off easily, it can't achieve its purpose.''
Officials at Precision Dynamics say the incident stemmed stemmed
1. Having the stems removed.
2. Provided with a stem or a specific type of stem. Often used in combination: stemmed goblets; long-stemmed roses. not from a design flaw in their product, but from human error at the hospital.
Company officials say a September 1998 report on the incident from the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS blamed hospital employees for not following procedures such as matching indentification numbers on the babies' and mothers' bracelets, or adjusting the bracelets when the babies lost weight, as babies normally do over their first 48 hours.
Precision Dynamics has been making the Veri-Color band - its most popular design - since the late 1960s, said Nicholas C. Curtin, the company's vice president of sales and marketing.
The company has never received ``complaints as to the design being related to a mix-up of babies,'' he said.
``There's no indication that this band design would contribute to this unfortunate accident,'' Curtin said. ``It is the University of Virginia that did not follow through on common procedures in the maternity MATERNITY. The state or condition of a mother.
2. It is either legitimate or natural. The former is the condition of the mother who has given birth to legitimate children, while the latter is the condition of her who has given birth to illegitimate children. care area.''
The eight-page complaint, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Superior Court, does not set any monetary damages Monetary damages, in civil law, refers to compensation given to an injured party by a liable party. Monetary damages may be restitution, a penalty, or both. . According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Zohar, in California a plaintiff cannot state the amount of damages sought in a personal injury lawsuit.
``We certainly are seeking monetary damages, though,'' he said, adding that an amount will be set as the case progresses.
Precision Dynamics has yet to be formally served with the suit.
Last summer, Johnson discovered through a DNA test DNA test n → DNS-Test m that Callie Marie Conley, the child she had been raising for nearly four years, was not her biological daughter.
It was later discovered that Callie had been inadvertently switched with another child who at the time was being raised as Rebecca Grace Chittum. Rebecca was being raised by two sets of grandparents grandparents npl → abuelos mpl
grandparents grand npl → grands-parents mpl
grandparents grand npl after the couple who thought they were the child's parents were killed in a car accident.
In May, Johnson filed a $31 million lawsuit against the state of Virginia, the hospital and its staff claiming negligence and fraud. She also has sued for custody of Rebecca and wants to legally adopt Callie.