Fertility Center Misconduct

Intentional Misconduct By a Fertility Doctor? Our Lawyers Will Hold Them Accountable.

As fertility misconduct lawyers, we have seen numerous instances of fertility doctor malpractice and intentional wrongdoing. Intentional misconduct by fertility doctors can take many forms, but some examples include:

  • Using embryos or genetic material for unauthorized research or experimentation: This could include using embryos or genetic material in ways that were not approved by an institutional review board or without obtaining informed consent from the individuals involved.
  • Falsifying medical records: This could include altering or fabricating records to make it appear that certain procedures were performed or that certain outcomes were achieved.
  • Stealing or misusing patients’ eggs, sperm, or embryos: This could include taking eggs, sperm, or embryos from patients without their knowledge or consent, or using them for unauthorized purposes.
  • Improperly disposing of embryos or genetic material: This could include discarding embryos or genetic material without proper oversight or without following established protocols.
  • Misrepresenting success rates: This could include exaggerating or fabricating success rates to make it appear that the clinic has a better track record than it actually does.
  • Pressure patients to choose certain treatments: This could include pressuring patients to choose certain treatments or procedures without properly informing them of the risks and benefits.
  • Doctors using their own sperm on patients. (More on this below.)
Fertility center misconduct is a serious matter that can have a profound impact on the individuals affected. It is essential that fertility clinics adhere to strict ethical guidelines and regulations to ensure the safe and responsible handling of eggs, sperm, and embryos. When fertility centers act unethically, our team of fertility malpractice lawyers hold them accountable.

Can I Sue for Fertility Center Misconduct?

Yes, you can potentially sue a fertility center for misconduct if you have experienced negligence, errors, or wrongdoing during your treatment. Taking legal action allows you to seek compensation for the emotional distress, financial losses, physical injuries and any other damages caused by such misconduct.

It is important to note that pursuing a legal claim against a fertility center can be a complex and challenging process. These cases involve intricate medical and legal considerations, requiring expert knowledge of reproductive law and malpractice claims. Therefore, it is highly advisable to seek the guidance of a lawyer who specializes in reproductive law and has experience with fertility center misconduct cases.

The first step in taking action to recover compensation is to consult with a fertility misconduct lawyer who can evaluate the details of your case. They will help you gather the necessary evidence, such as medical records, consent forms, and other relevant documentation, to establish the legal basis for your claim. Your attorney will guide you through the legal process, advise you on the potential options and outcomes, and advocate for your rights, ensuring that you have the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.

Can I Sue for Fertility Center Misconduct?

To receive compensation for fertility misconduct, you must first make a claim. In almost every case, you will need to hire a lawyer to assist you with that process. Fertility cases are complicated and the deadlines to file claims in many states are very short. Also, unless a patient is represented by an attorney, the fertility clinic and their insurance companies will often try to take advantage of them. Accordingly, it is always a good idea to at least consult with an attorney to go over your options. Our firm offers free, confidential consultations without any obligation. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us. We are happy to speak with you, explain the process, and help you understand your rights.

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Doctors Using Their Own Sperm on Patients

There have been several incidents where doctors have used their own sperm to impregnate fertility patients without the patients’ knowledge or consent. This is known as “sperm doctoring” or “sperm switching” and is an egregious form of medical misconduct. Some examples include:
  • In the early 1980s, Dr. Cecil Jacobson, a fertility specialist in Virginia, was convicted of 52 counts of fraud and perjury for using his own sperm to impregnate patients and falsifying medical records.
  • In the 1990s, Dr. Donald Cline, a fertility specialist in Indiana, was found to have used his own sperm to impregnate at least eight of his patients over the course of several years.
  • In 2019, Dr. Paul Jones, a retired gynecologist in Idaho, was found to have used his own sperm to father at least 17 children.
  • In 2020, Dr. Gerald Mortimer, a retired obstetrician-gynecologist in Idaho, admitted to using his own sperm to impregnate a patient in the 1980s.
Incidents of sperm switching can have a significant impact on the individuals affected. The women involved often feel violated by this unwanted invasion of their body, and may have been denied the chance to have a biological child with their intended father. Children born from sperm switching may unknowingly be related to their own half-siblings. Sperm switching is a violation of trust and a violation of the medical ethics. It is vital that fertility clinics have strict protocols in place to prevent these types of incidents, and that doctors adhere to strict ethical guidelines and regulations to ensure the safe and responsible handling of eggs, sperm, and embryos.

How Our Lawyers Can Help Victims of Fertility Doctor Misconduct

Our lawyers help victims of intentional misconduct by fertility doctors in a number of ways, including:
  • Advising clients on the legal options available to them: Our lawyers can help victims understand the legal landscape surrounding fertility treatments, including any laws or regulations that may apply to their situation, and assist in identifying what options are available to them.
  • Negotiating with the doctor and/or the clinic for compensation: Our lawyers work to negotiate a settlement with the doctor and/or the fertility clinic that may include financial compensation, the return of any remaining eggs, sperm, or embryos, or other forms of redress.
  • Filing a lawsuit against the doctor and/or the fertility clinic for damages: This could include compensation for emotional distress, loss of the ability to have biological children, and any other financial losses that may have been incurred as a result of the doctor’s actions. In cases of doctor/clinic misconduct, punitive damages may also be available.
  • Administrative/Criminal action against doctors or healthcare workers. Where appropriate, our lawyers can assist our clients in reporting any criminal or unethical behavior by fertility doctors or clinicians to the appropriate medical boards, state agencies, and district attorneys.

Contacting a Fertility Misconduct Attorney

It is essential that victims of intentional misconduct by fertility doctors have access to legal representation to ensure that their rights are protected and that they receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

We are dedicated to helping clients navigate this emotional legal process. Please contact Fertility Law Group for a free, confidential consultation – we are here to help and to answer your questions.