Fertility treatments help people to reach pregnancy through artificial methods. It is typically applied in cases where one or both of the partners are experiencing infertility. It can also be used in instances that involve other factors (for instance, to reduce the chances of certain diseases like AIDS from being transferred).
Fertility treatments are sometimes called “Assisted Reproductive Technology," or ART for short. These types of treatments may involve methods such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), sperm or egg donation, cytoplasmic transfer, and other highly advanced techniques.
Various risks have been associated with fertility treatments. These include risks to the mother, such as:
- Multiple births: This is the most common risk associated with fertility treatments. Unplanned multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) pose certain risks to the mother and to the infants as well in some cases. It occurs in some cases involving embryo splitting where “twinning” intentionally desired
- Ectopic pregnancy: Where the egg implants in a place outside of the normal site of the fallopian tube, such as in the ovary
- Ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome: A cluster of eggs is stimulated to overgrowth due to fertility drugs
Risks to infants are generally not as common as those to the mother. These may include:
- Low birth weight
- Genetic disorders
- Premature birth
As with any newer form of technology, various risks and side effects may arise whenever a new technique or method of fertility treatment is introduced.
Fertility treatment lawsuits can involve a number of important legal issues. For instance, such a lawsuit might involve medical malpractice because a doctor violated health standards for IVF procedures. Or, one case might involve the negligent care of a nurse. In other words, many different parties could be held liable, since a single fertility treatment can often involve the contributions of many different health care professionals.
In such lawsuits, the plaintiff might be able to recover a legal damages award. These can often involve substantial amounts, especially in cases involving serious injury or serious losses on the part of the plaintiff.
Fertility treatments are major endeavors and require much planning and decision-making. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer if you have any legal questions or concerns about fertility treatments. Your attorney can provide you with legal representation if you need to file a lawsuit in the court system. Also, your lawyer can give you advice on your rights and the possibilities of obtaining a legal remedy for any losses.