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Conception and Fertility: IVF Negligence Claims
If you are a parent who has been affected by an IVF mix-up or error due to medical negligence, the expert solicitors at JMW are here to help. We have the expertise you need to make a successful compensation claim.
Medical errors in this area can have very serious consequences, including long-lasting psychological damage. It is therefore essential to speak to the right legal team to obtain the support and guidance you need to make a successful IVF negligence claim. At JMW we are highly experienced in such cases and will assist you through the process from start to finish.
Speak to us today about whether you are entitled to make a claim and for more information about what steps to take. Call us for free on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online contact form to request a call back at your convenience.
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How JMW Can Help
At JMW we understand how stressful it can be to undergo IVF treatment and that it is therefore doubly devastating when something goes wrong. When this is due to the negligence of a health professional, you are entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.
We will provide compassionate help and advice throughout the legal process, in order to secure the right outcome and the compensation you need to move on with your life. Our previous settlement amounts have varied from £4,000 to £25,000, for the psychological pain and suffering caused by negligence.
Our team is headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones. We are very highly-regarded throughout the UK, and members of our team are on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors’ panel or the Law Society's specialist panel of clinical negligence solicitors.
How to Make an IVF Negligence Claim
When an IVF procedure goes wrong it can result in lasting practical, physical and psychological consequences for the family involved. If this happens as a result of medical negligence, making a claim for compensation can help you to move on with your life.
JMW Solicitors will help you build a strong case to prove that negligence was responsible for your pain and suffering.,
Our aim will always be to settle the claim as quickly and efficiently as possible, usually out of court.
What is IVF?
In vitro fertilisation, commonly abbreviated to IVF, is a type of fertility treatment used to help families to conceive. The technique involves an egg being removed from a woman's ovaries which is then fertilised with sperm from a man under laboratory conditions. The fertilised embryo is then returned to the woman's womb, where it will develop.
The procedure can be carried out using the couple's sperm and eggs, or those of a donor. It typically involves six stages:
- The woman’s menstrual cycle is suppressed with medication
- Medication is used to help the ovaries produce more eggs
- An ultrasound scan is used to review the development of the eggs
- The eggs are extracted using a needle
- The eggs are fertilised by mixing them with sperm over a number of days
- The fertilised eggs are placed into the womb to grow
What are the risks of IVF?
Unfortunately, IVF is not guaranteed to result in pregnancy and can, therefore, be very emotionally challenging for those concerned. The process also carries a number of risks, including:
- A greater likelihood of multiple births (twins and triplets)
- Headaches, hot flushes and other side effects
- The development of too many eggs in the ovaries, known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
- Ectopic pregnancy (where the embryo develops in the fallopian tubes instead of the womb)
What happens when IVF goes wrong?
When IVF goes wrong due to medical negligence it can have devastating effects for the family involved. This sometimes occurs in the form of a mix-up involving the sperm and eggs, which can not only be extremely traumatic for the parents, but could affect the relationship with their children.
Although these do not happen often, there have been a number of high-profile cases involving IVF mix-ups. These have included:
- A white couple giving birth to black twins
- Eggs from three women being implanted with sperm from the wrong men due to an administration error, which meant they had to go through more IVF cycles
- An equipment failure that destroyed the sperm samples of six male patients
When this happens it is vital to seek expert legal advice to find out how to make an IVF negligence claim.