Fertility Clinic Legal Issues
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What Is a Fertility Clinic?
A fertility clinic is a medical facility that provides infertility treatments for couples or individuals who want to have children but are unable to do so through the natural process. Clinics provide services such as:
- Diagnosing the situation and condition of clients
- Recommending courses of action for conception, pregnancy, and childbirth
- Informing clients of the risks and side-effects associated with treatments
- Actually administering the proposed fertility treatment
- Following up on clients and their child or children
Fertility treatment methods may include in vitro fertilization, cryopreservation, and other methods.
What Types of Staff Personnel Work at a Fertility Clinic?
Fertility treatments are complex and require the assistance of many different medical personnel. These may include:
- General doctors
- Advisors and counselors
- Specialists (such as surgeons, pharmacists and other professionals)
Also, fertility clinics may employ a number of different technological experts, since advanced technology is used very often in some treatment methods.
Can Fertility Clinics Be Held Responsible for Legal Violations?
While the success rate of fertility clinics makes them generally safe, fertility treatment are associated with various risks and side effects. For instance, some pregnancies resulting from treatment may result in unplanned multiple births. This is because some fertility drugs and treatment methods may cause embryo splitting due to their nature.
Also, like any form of medical treatment, fertility treatments can involve medical and legal violations. These are generally unintentional violations such as:
- Medical malpractice
- Misdiagnosis of a persons’ fertility status
- Prescription errors with fertility drugs and medications
Fertility treatment errors can result in serious injury, death, or birth defects. Remedies for such losses typically include a damages award to help with the victim’s losses.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Fertility Clinic Legal Issues?
Fertility treatments are a major decision, and working with a fertility clinic can involve many different issues. You may wish to hire an attorney if you encounter any legal issues or questions in relation to a fertility treatment. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice for your concerns. Also, if you need to file a claim for damages, your attorney can represent you during the process.
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Last Modified: 03-24-2014 08:19 AM PDT
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