Thursday, October 23, 2014

Couple Sues After Sloppy Handwriting Alters Their Family Plans

It’s a story that has been making news headlines all over the country. Jennifer Cramblett is suing the sperm bank that gave her and her partner the wrong vials for Ms. Cramblett’s artificial insemination. Instead of receiving vials from donor 380, a blond-haired and blue-eyed man who resembles the physical characteristics of Amanda Zinkon, Ms. Cramblett’s partner, the couple received the sperm of donor 330, an African-American. Ms. Cramblett is now seeking compensation for the ongoing and growing needs of their family and hoping to prevent this same mistake from happening again.

The motives in this case have been questioned. While they found out about the mix-up five months into the pregnancy, they only now are filing a lawsuit, two years later. Why did they wait so long? Also, there are accusations that the couple is upset about not having a white child and believe they deserve money for being given a daughter with darker skin.

The two have shared that the decision to take legal action was made only after they fully realized the challenges they would be facing. They want to move their family to a town that has more racial diversity, as their small town in Ohio is almost entirely white, so that their child can be around peers who look like her. They also believe such a community will be more accepting and provide the resources they need. The couple is adamant that no matter what, the bond they have with their daughter is strong and unconditional.

While sperm bank mistakes are fortunately rare, there are other instances in which a health care provider or family agency can make an error that dramatically affects your children and other loved ones. If this has happened to you, the personal injury attorneys at Bertolino LLP are ready to help. We will listen and learn and then guide you through the steps necessary to find the justice you deserve.

Have you read about this sperm bank mishap in Ohio? What are your thoughts on the lawsuit?

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