$15 million rewarded to five people whose embryos were lost in freezer tank malfunction

$15 million rewarded to five people whose embryos were lost in freezer tank malfunction at a San Francisco fertility clinic setting legal precedent for similar losses

Five victims were rewarded $15 million by a jury after a freezer tank containing embryos at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco malfunctioned in 2018A federal jury in California found Chart Industries Inc. was responsible for defects in a tank that that caused the destruction of human eggs and embryos  On March 4, 2018, the Pacific Fertility Center said a piece of equipment in its cryo-storage laboratory ‘lost liquid nitrogen for a brief period of time’ The jury determined the Chart Inc. knew or should have known about the defect and failed to recall the tankThe five plaintiffs, which included three women and a couple, were rewarded between $2.07 million and $7.2 million in damages 

 

Five victims received $15 million after a freezer tank containing embryos at a California fertility clinic malfunctioned. 

A federal jury in California on Thursday found Chart Industries Inc. was responsible for defects in a cryopreservation tank that caused the destruction of human eggs and embryos at The Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco in 2018. 

Chart will pay five victims $15 million in the first verdict to reward damages to victims who have lost their chance to have biological children due to a freezer tank malfunction, CNN reported.   

Five victims were rewarded $15 million by a jury after a freezer tank containing embryos at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco (pictured) malfunctioned in 2018

A federal jury in California found Chart Industries Inc. was responsible for defects in a tank that that caused the destruction of human eggs and embryos (pictured)

A federal jury in California found Chart Industries Inc. was responsible for defects in a tank that that caused the destruction of human eggs and embryos (pictured)

The verdict sets a precedent for other pending similar claims, said Adam Wolf, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

‘These families have suffered an unspeakable loss and still struggle every day with the tragedy that took place more than three years ago at Pacific Fertility Center,’ Wolf, of Peiffer Wolf law firm in Los Angeles, told Bloomberg Law in a statement.   



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