Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the families affected by Pacific Fertility Center’s negligence.
Pacific Fertility Center recently emailed clients of an “unfortunate incident,” resulting in damaged embryos, eggs and biologic tissue. If you use this fertility clinic’s services and received this email, you may be able to sue over the cryo-storage tank failure and loss of frozen eggs.
The San Fransisco attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger are already helping couples and individuals bring lawsuits against PFC and would like to help you too. Pacific Fertility Center acted with extreme negligence and should be held accountable. Call (415) 981-7210 to talk with our team today.
Each and every client has a special and unique story and loss. We have heard that Pacific Fertility Center is offering free harvesting as compensation. But human eggs and embryos are not fungible. Our clients deserve to be compensated not for the minimal cost of another harvest cycle, but also for the lost genetic material that would have become their children and the emotional and physical toll associated with their devastating loss. – Attorney Doris Cheng
View The Full Complaint Here
Pacific Fertility Negligence – Damaged Embryos and Biologic Tissue
On March 11, 2018, Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco advised its clients via email of what its president called an “unfortunate incident” in their laboratory. PFC cryo- storage machinery failed to perform as intended, and failed to perform as required under its contract with clients. As a result, embryos, tissue and other genetic material experienced a rise in temperature beyond that which is required by good and accepted practice, as well as facility standards. The loss of liquid nitrogen in the equipment caused unknown damage and harm to PFC clients.
Specific details were not given by Pacific Fertility Center president “Rusty” Herbert. He did not tell purchasers of PFC storage services the full extent of the damage to embryos, unfertilized eggs, sperm, tissue and other material. ABC news in San Francisco reported the problem with the liquid nitrogen in the PFC storage tanks, triggering calls and letters by more than 400 concerned clients and patients.
Herbert’s email was not sent until March 11 at 4:00 a.m. – while the failure is believed to have occurred on March 4 — the same day another cryogenic tank failure was reported in Cleveland, where the University Hospital Fertility Clinic is investigating “an unexpected temperature fluctuation” that jeopardized its tissue storage bank. There has been no explanation as to why there was a 7 day delay in notifying clients and patients with genetic material in the custody of Pacific Fertility Center.
How Our Attorneys Can Help – Don’t Wait to File a Claim
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has been retained by both couples and individuals who trusted this most precious material to PFC. We are investigating and prosecuting claims for emotional distress, loss of personal property and money damages caused by PFC negligence.
Injured patients and clients of PFC who have sustained damage and wish to further investigate their rights, or who wish to bring a claim, should contact Walkup Melodia Partner Doris Cheng or firm attorney Kevin Domecus. Ms. Cheng is leading the litigation team at the firm. Persons who may have been harmed should call 415-981-7210, or contact us online.