Fertility Clinic Malpractice Ushers In A New Era of Medical Malpractice Claims
We are fortunate to live in a time when people struggling to conceive have options; however, fertility options often come at a high price, take a physical toll, and are frequently not covered by insurance. Furthermore, individuals seeking such treatment are emotionally vulnerable, and they place a tremendous amount of trust in fertility specialists and reproductive technology. When someone entrusts their own bodily health and the health and safety of their future offspring to a fertility clinic, they rightfully expect the utmost care to be taken during all steps of the process. Unfortunately, however, that is proving not to be the case for many trusting families.
Recently, CHA Fertility Clinic in Los Angeles, California made headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Due to fertility clinic negligence, a woman gave birth to twins who were not biologically hers after the clinic implanted someone else’s fertilized eggs inside of her. Both the biological parents of one of the babies, as well as the woman who gave birth to them, are suing CHA for medical malpractice.
Common Fertility Treatments
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): The sperm and egg are collected, brought together in a lab, fertilized, and grown for a few days. Then the embryo is placed in the woman’s uterus.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Sperm is collected and placed directly inside the woman’s uterus during ovulation.
- Fertility Medication: One or both potential parents can be prescribed a variety of medications to help them conceive.
- Surgery: A man may need fertility surgery to widen veins or eliminate blockages to help sperm travel better. In women, surgery may be needed in cases of endometriosis or to open blocked fallopian tubes.
Common Errors Committed by Fertility Clinics
Unfortunately, fertility clinics make very serious mistakes potentially leaving people without the possibility of ever having children, or resulting in children born with severe health defects. Possible results of fertility clinic malpractice include:
- Birth defects
- Lost embryos
- Lost sperm samples
- Damaged frozen eggs
- Destroyed samples
- Fertilization using the wrong samples
Pennsylvania Fertility Clinic Malpractice Lawyers
With reproductive negligence or malpractice, the stakes are incredibly high as it only takes a single mistake to ruin one’s hopes for a child. Individuals or couples who suffered because of the preventable errors of a fertility specialist or fertility clinic may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against those responsible. Contact the experienced trial lawyers of Lopez McHugh today to learn more about what we can do to help.