UH Fertility Patients granted 1-year Extension for Filing Lawsuit, Settling Cases
- February 19, 2019
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Susan Petersen of Petersen & Petersen was amongst the lawyers present last week in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for a short hearing on their pending lawsuits against University Hospitals for their clients’ loss of eggs and embryos after a freezer malfunction at their fertility clinic in March of 2018. Judge Ashely Kilbane approved a joint proposal to extend the window for filing lawsuits to March 4, 2020. This 2-year status of limitations will allow the patients additional time to decide how they want to proceed to resolve their losses with UH via an out-of-court settlement or lawsuit. Lawyers were concerned about the tolling of the one year statute of limitations in Ohio for medical malpractice, which some lawsuits have alleged. This extension provides another year to include or pursue this claim.
The freezer malfunction at UH’s Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood left 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos nonviable. Petersen & Petersen is fighting to hold UH accountable for its failure to safeguard these precious gifts, failure to fix the malfunctioning storage tank, the unsafe decision to service the tank contrary to the tank manufacturer’s design, and the reckless choice to turn off of the remote monitoring/alarm system. If you or a loved one has been directly impacted by the University Hospitals embryo cryopreservation failure, the female-led trial team at Petersen & Petersen is ready to help you. As a fierce protector of women’s rights and advocates for justice, we have the experience and resources to hold UH accountable. To learn more, contact us at 440-279-4480.