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Sperm destruction compensation claims

Sperm destruction, cryopreservation, IVF and male fertility issues

The prospect of having a family is one that most people take for granted. Yet for a significant minority of the population, the process is far from straight forward.

Men of all ages who suffer from cancer are at risk of infertility as a result of life saving chemotherapy treatment. They generally bank sperm samples before treatment commences, in order to preserve the prospect of fatherhood by IVF once their treatment is concluded. Suffering from cancer is not the only illness or disease which may give rise to storing sperm samples for later use.

Eggs and embryos may be similarly stored. In most cases, the stored samples are of immeasurable value to the person who produced the sample.

Sadly those samples are not always guarded with the care they deserve. Failure of storage freezer systems, poor administration, or even deliberate malicious acts have all led to precious samples being damaged beyond use or destroyed, dashing the hopes of those who were relying on them as the means of starting a family life.

Thankfully these incidents are relatively rare but that rarity means that very few solicitors have the knowledge and expertise to deal with the complex and novel legal issues which arise in such situations. Clarke Willmott can assist with a wide range of issues relating to fertility, IVF/ICSI and Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority regulatory issues.

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If you think you have grounds for a compensation claim call us now on 0800 316 8892 or contact us online.

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Kerry Fifield

Partner and Clinical Negligence Team Manager

Kerry’s primary focus is the needs of the client and their family when pursuing a claim, taking into account that each client is an individual with specific requirements who needs to be supported in addition to the legal investigation.
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Marguarita Tyne

Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Marguarita Tyne is a claimant clinical negligence solicitor who investigates and brings claims on behalf of patients who have been injured during the course of their medical treatment, acting mainly (but not exclusively) for brain injury claimants in high value and often complex litigation.
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