Lost Sperm Leads To Lawsuits – Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Paul S. PaddaFiled under Personal Injury
Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois recently found itself the recipient of 40 separate lawsuits filed by men that lost the chance to be biological fathers after their sperm samples were destroyed when a tank that was keeping them frozen malfunctioned. In a press release, hospital officials acknowledged the mishap by stating “we deeply regret that this equipment malfunction occurred.”
As a result of the tank’s failure, a team of doctors from Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation urology and reproductive endocrinology departments contacted more than 250 patients to advise them of the equipment failure in the sperm bank. The hospital’s press release noted that more than 100 patients have “engaged us in further evaluation and consultation.”
The lawsuits seek monetary damages from Northwestern under a negligence theory based on the hospital’s failure to take adequate precautions to safeguard the sperm, costing the men a potential opportunity to be fathers. In assessing the men’s damages, a jury will be required to place a value on lost “fatherhood.” These cases could potentially result in damages awards in the millions of dollars.