A man is blaming the University of Illinois for the destruction of his sperm without his permission. In a lawsuit that the man filed on March 10, the plaintiff is claiming that he now does not have the ability to conceive any biological children of his own as a result of the university medical laboratory’s negligence.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that the defendants neglected their duty to safeguard the man’s semen, which he entrusted to them for storage purposes. The lawsuit says that the sperm was destroyed at some point between the years of 2007 and 2014. The plaintiff further claims that the university medical laboratory did not ask him for permission prior to destroying his sperm.
The man is asking for financial compensation in excess of $50,000 for the medical laboratory’s failures. Whether or not he will succeed in his efforts to hold the university accountable for its alleged negligence will remain to be seen.
While this case may not fit the usual description of medical negligence, it is clearly a matter that is worthy of legal debate. Indeed, the course of this man’s life, the fact that his sperm has been destroyed, that he will not be able to have his own biological children, and the very real impact that this will have on his family, is not something to be taken lightly.
When a medical professional fails to carry out his or her duty in a manner that complies with standard accepted medical practices, that professional can be held liable for medical negligence in court if the negligence results in serious injury. Illinois residents who feel that they have been seriously harmed in any way by a medical professional or medical facility that neglected to carry out his or her duties may wish to seek financial restitution for their injuries in court.
Source: Cook County Record, “Man claims lab destroyed frozen sperm,” Ruel Reyes, March 17, 2016