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Conception and Fertility: IVF Negligence Claims
The clinical negligence team at JMW is here to help if you are a parent who has been affected by an IVF mix up. Such errors can have very serious consequences, including long-lasting psychological damage, and so it is imperative you are able to access the right legal team that can provide you with 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 for a clearer picture about whether or not you are entitled to make a claim and for more information about the steps to take next. Simply call us for free on 0800 054 6512 or allow one of the team to give you a call back by completing our online contact form.
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In vitro fertilisation, commonly shortened to IVF, is a type of fertility treatment used to help people encountering problems when wishing to have a baby. The technique involves an egg being removed from a woman's ovaries, which is then fertilised with sperm from a man. This is carried out in a laboratory before the embryo - the name given to a fertilised egg - is returned to the woman's womb, where it will develop.
The procedure can be carried out using a couple's sperm and eggs, or those of a donor. It typically involves six stages:
- The suppression of the menstrual cycle with medication
- Medication used to help the ovaries produce more eggs
- An ultrasound scan to review the development of the eggs
- Removal of the eggs using a needle
- Fertilising of the eggs by mixing them with the sperm over a number of days
- Fertilised eggs then placed into the womb
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:
- 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 and not the womb)
IVF negligence can take the form of a mix up involving the sperm and eggs. Thankfully, these kinds of mix ups are relatively uncommon, however when they do occur they can have devastating effects for the family involved.
The impact can be extremely traumatic for the parents, and could have the potential to negatively impact the future of a relationship between both the parents and their children.
Although they do not happen too often, there have been a number of high-profile cases involving IVF mix ups. These have included:
- A white couple who gave birth to black twins
- An administration error that led to eggs from three women being implanted with sperm from the wrong men, which meant they had to go through more IVF cycles
- An equipment failure that destroyed the sperm samples of six male patients
At JMW, we understand how stressful it can be to be involved in the IVF treatment cycle, we therefore know that it is doubly devastating when something goes wrong with that process.
If your IVF treatment has been disrupted by the negligent behaviour of a health professional, we believe you are entitled to make an IVF negligence claim for financial compensation and we will provide the help and advice you need in order to secure the right outcome.
Our previous settlement amounts have varied from £4,000 to £25,000, awarded for the psychological pain and suffering of the family affected by negligence.
Our team is headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones. It is very highly regarded throughout the UK and includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel and members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.