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What are the potential claims surrounding IVF Fertilisation/fertility treatment?

There are three types of fertility treatment: medicines, surgical procedures and assisted conception which include intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

We understand that fertility treatment can be a difficult time for parents both emotionally and physically. Whilst fertility treatments do not guarantee a successful pregnancy, you should nevertheless receive a good standard of care from your treatment provider.

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Potential negligence claims surrounding fertility treatment may involve:

  • Embryo testing
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • Artificial insemination
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
  • Surgical sperm retrieval
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ISI)
  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PIGD)

Whether you have received treatment in a private clinic or via the NHS, we can also help you bring a claim if you have suffered:

  • A delay in the diagnosis of a medical condition such as ectopic pregnancy or Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  • A reduction in your fertility due to surgical errors
  • The loss or destruction of embryos or sperm
  • Laboratory mistakes or errors made with the storage of your eggs and sperm
  • If you have been effected by faulty equipment which may have damaged eggs and/ or sperm so that the fertility treatment does not work
  • A mix up of the eggs and sperm so that the baby is not the natural child of both parents
  • Errors during insemination such as implanting embryos into the wrong woman
  • If there has been poor or inadequate screening of an egg or sperm donor

How do I make a claim?

If you feel that you have suffered as a result of IVF or errors during fertility treatment you may be entitled to bring about a claim.

Oakwood Solicitors have a specialist medical negligence team who will be able to provide you with free advice on the prospects of your case and whether you will be eligible to bring about a claim.



Who can bring about a claim?

Medical errors in this area can have very serious consequences, including long-lasting psychological damage for the family involved. Our specialist team will be able to discuss whether you have a right to bring about a claim so if you or a loved one has been affected, do not hesitate to contact us.

How long do I have to claim?

Claims of this nature are subject to a three year limitation period. This means that claims have to be commenced within the Courts in three years of rather the date the negligent act occurred or the date you became aware that negligence had occurred. In cases involving deceased victims this limitation period commences from the date of death and in cases involving minors, the limitation period starts when they reach their 18th birthday.

The law surrounding limitation periods is complex. Our specialist team will be able to advise further.

How long will my case take to run?

Given the complexities involved in pursuing Clinical Negligence claims, they can often take 18-24 months to conclude and longer if Court proceedings have to be issued. Our investigations start by obtaining all relevant records and protocols before approaching independent medical experts for their opinion.

We will provide you with regular updated on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.

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Why use Oakwood Solicitors Ltd to make your Clinical Negligence case?

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of clinical negligence.

We want to ensure at Oakwood Solicitors Ltd that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms that they don’t understand and to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.


For any advice about medical negligence involving IVF Fertilisation, get in touch today for a free initial consultation in complete confidence. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

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