Attorneys file new lawsuits against UH

New UH embryos lawsuits (WTAM)

(Cleveland) - Two local law firms held a news conference to announce they are filing additional lawsuits the University Hospitals fertility case. 

Attorney Bobby DiCello says they want to force U.H. to work toward a settlement.  

Last March, 4,000 embryos were accidentally destroyed affecting hundreds of patients. The hospital apologized that the embryos were lost in a storage tank mishap caused by human error, but then sought to have all legal action against it dismissed. 

The new lawsuits were filed in federal and Geauga County Court against both U.H. and CAS Data Loggers, which is the company that was monitoring alarm systems on the tanks that stored thousands of eggs and embryos. 

An alert about the storage tank's rising temperature was never received by clinic staff, and the embryos were destroyed. Many patients say the mishap ended their chances of ever having children. 

The two law firms are Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane and DiCello Levitt. Their clients say they are asking for a settlement with the hospital so the healing process can begin.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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