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Common IVF Errors and Risks to Consider

by Jared Staver in Medical Malpractice

Medical advances in reproductive health have allowed many people to consider a variety of options when growing their family. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a common fertility option. A competent medical team should understand the IVF errors and risks to consider in order to properly handle your case. However, if you or a loved one have sustained injury due to a medical error in the IVF process, you need a skilled and experienced medical malpractice attorney to review your case and seek compensation from the negligent parties.

Our medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience dealing with medical malpractice and understand how important your IVF procedure is for you and your family. We know how devestating it can be when an injury or lost pregancy results from a medical error. Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to speak with an attorney if you or a loved one have suffered from an error related to IVF.

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Common IVF Errors That Can Result In Serious Harm

In order for an IVF procedure to succeed, there must be close and consistent supervision from your doctor and their medical team. IVF comes with many different risks for errors or mistakes that can easily occur due to medical negligence. Some examples of medicial negligence during IVF include:

  • Using the wrong sperm, egg, or embryo in your IVF procedure. While many medical professionals accidentally use the wrong sperm or egg in a patient’s in vitro, there are also cases where the wrong embryo is actually implanted. In this situation, a woman who is accidentally carrying the child of another family may be legally required to continue the pregnancy, and then give the child to the biological parents after birth. This can cause extreme emotional and physical pain and suffering.
  • Eggs or embryos being stored improperly. Before being implanted in a woman who is undergoing an IVF procedure, the embryo and egg must be properly stored in a medical facility or it could sustain serious damage or be destroyed.
  • Failure to properly screen egg or sperm donors. If not properly screened, a sperm or egg donor may pass on a high probability of a genetic defect to your embryo.
  • Failure to implant the embryo in the right place. An embryo that is accidentally implanted in the mother’s fallopian tube could result in a dangerous ectopic pregnancy.
  • Prescribing the wrong drugs. A failure to properly prescribe or screen a patient before administering fertility drugs that are not appropriate for the patient may result in serious harm.

While it’s possible for an embryo to be successfully implanted, there are still many dangerous health risks to the mother and potential child. Certain cases involve the insemination of multiple embryos, and this can run a greater risk of injury to the patient and the embryos themselves. Your doctor must properly screen you to ensure you are an ideal candidate for IVF and convey the risks and dangers associated with the treatment.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help You With Your Medical Malpractice Claim

Due to the risks associated with IVF procedures, there are many precautions that must be followed to prevent failure or danger to the mother and expected child. If you have sustained serious injuries or lost a pregnancy due to an error by your IVF medical team, you need a skilled lawyer at your side. Our lawyers thoroughly understand complex medical malpractice law and and have successfully sought damages for many clients who have been harmed due to medical malpractice.

To speak with a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer about your case, contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. Call us at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free case consultation today.



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