CLEVELAND -- More lawsuits have been filed against University Hospitals for the disaster that left thousands of eggs and embryos compromised.
Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane announced it has filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court against UH in a news conference Monday afternoon. The suit was filed in the name of a Pennsylvania couple impacted by the fertility center disaster.
The firm has previously handled multiple cases involving eggs and embryos damaged or lost during the storage or transfer process. It's also representing clients involved in the recent fertility clinic case in San Francisco.
“Keep in mind that these families have entrusted their most valuable property in the entire world – their frozen embryos – to these facilities and clinics," Peiffer Rosca Wolf attorney Adam Wolf said in a news release issued Monday. "We want to make sure that these devastating tragedies never happen again.”
Wolf said there has been no discussion of compensation with the hospital.
Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane has also set up a website for potential victims here.
Another firm, DiCello Levitt & Casey, has already announced plans to represent other victims impacted by the UH disaster. Landskroner Greico Merriman's Tom Merriman has also said he's representing several patients involved. Merriman spoke to WKYC's Jim Donovan about the case on Monday's Donovan Live. Watch in the player below:
The lawsuits are a result of the potential loss of more than 2,000 eggs and embryos at UH's Fertility Center two weekends ago. The temperature inside one of the center's cryo tanks rose, meaning the eggs and embryos inside may have been damaged. The only way to determine if they've been damaged is to let them thaw, but they cannot be frozen again.
More than 500 patients were impacted by the incident and the hospital has made attempts to reach them all.
University Hospitals released the following statement to NBC:
"We understand why some people might feel compelled to take this step. Any lawsuits being filed will have no bearing on the independent review being conducted."