IVF Negligence Lawsuits: Cost of Broken Dreams

by Admin Istrator | December 14, 2021 2:33 pm

IVF Negligence Lawsuits: Cost of Broken Dreams

People that have been unable to conceive on their own turn to fertility clinics to help them achieve their dream of having their own biological children. One of the most widely used treatments is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), wherein a sperm and egg are combined artificially to produce an embryo. Fertility clinics have a duty to employ the proper standard of care when providing IVF services to couples seeking to conceive. A clinic can be held liable when they breach their duty and engage in negligent conduct that causes harm to the ability to conceive, the sperm/egg samples in their control, or a child. If you’ve suffered harm due to improper actions by a fertility clinic, you may be entitled to monetary damages as compensation for your loss. Call (800) 767-8040 for a free consultation to determine whether you’re entitled to compensation.

How Is IVF Done?

IVF is the most effective form of assisted reproduction, but it is a very expensive, invasive and time consuming process because its many steps must be carried out meticulously and must be repeated if a cycle is not successful. It starts with retrieving mature eggs from ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm in a lab. The fertilized egg, called an embryo, is then implanted in the uterus. Most fertility clinics recommend implanting more than one fertilized egg to increase the chance of success, which is why the process is known for increasing the likelihood of multiple births in a cycle. A full cycle usually takes about three weeks, but can sometimes take longer.

Known Risks of IVF?

There are many risks associated with IVF that can occur even if the fertility clinic does nothing wrong such as:

Other known risks include egg-retrieval complications, ectopic pregnancy, birth defects, anxiety and depression. If you’ve had a poor result from IVF treatment it can be difficult to distinguish between negligence and known risks, so it’s important to contact an experienced New York City IVF negligence attorney that knows how to promptly commence an investigation.

Common Types of IVF Negligence That Cause Harm

IVF is an expensive stressful process with many known risks, but many couples and individuals are willing to accept this due to their strong desire for biological children. What’s unacceptable is when fertility clinics make mistakes that cause harm to the individuals seeking the services, sperm/egg samples or the children that result from the procedures. These are some examples of IVF negligence:

Fertility clinics will often try to cover their tracks when they cause harm due to their mistakes, so it’s important to contact an experienced IVF negligence attorney as soon as possible so that evidence can be preserved and deadlines can be met.

How To Choose An IVF Clinic

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) [1] and the  Center for Disease Control (CDC) [2]have information on the number of lives births and the success rates for all IVF fertility clinics in the United States to help you choose a facility more likely to provide excellent care. Once you’ve chosen some providers from these lists, it’s prudent to follow up with your own research before starting treatment. These are some important to issues to consider when choosing a fertility clinic that provides IVF services:

Once you choose a clinic, it’s important to examine their paperwork before you sign it. Look for fine print that limits your ability to sue them for malpractice and either refuse to sign this provision or choose the next clinic on your list.

Compensation for Victims of IVF Negligence

Victims of IVF negligence are entitled to collect economic and non-economic damages from the responsible parties, such as doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, lab technicians, equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Economic damages include compensation to pay for hospitals, doctors, past and future lost earnings, special education, physical therapy, rehabilitation, prosthetics, appliances, accommodations to home/vehicles and other quantifiable costs you’ve suffered. Non-economic damages are for subjective pain, suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. When IVF negligence leads to severe birth defects, it can be possible to collect lost earnings from when the time the child turns 18 until they’re 65. Money can’t change what happened, but access to state of the art treatment and facilities can greatly assist recovery.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or your child has suffered harm after receiving IVF services, it’s important to begin an investigation immediately to determine if what happened could have been prevented if proper procedures had been used. Acting quickly is crucial so that the fertility clinic doesn’t have time to cover their tracks, making legal action more difficult. The first step towards justice and compensation is to speak to an experienced IVF negligence attorney who can assist you in determining whether or not you have a viable claim. Complete the contact form below or call (800) 767-8040 for a free consultation to determine whether you’re entitled to compensation.

  1. Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) : https://www.sart.org/
  2. Center for Disease Control (CDC) : https://www.cdc.gov/
  3. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): https://www.fda.gov/

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