Freezer Failure Destroys Stem Cells at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles
PARENTS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES (CHLA) CANCER PATIENTS SEEK JUSTICE – STEM CELLS DESTROYED THROUGH “SHOCKING AND INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT” OF CHLA.
CHLA failed to update an “ancient” cryogenic freezer that should have been replaced in 1998. To make matters worse, they turned off the alarms that monitor the tanks prior to the freezer failure.
When the tank at CHLA containing precious stem cells for 56 children suffering from cancer finally failed, the disaster happened 21 years after CHLA should have replaced the freezer … and months after CHLA deliberately turned off the alarms warning them that the freezer was becoming unstable and starting to fail. Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway (“Peiffer Wolf”) is representing multiple families devastated by CHLA; more families are expected to seek justice in the coming weeks.
After being contacted by a client whose embryos were destroyed years ago, the attorneys of Peiffer Wolf fought to hold the clinic accountable for their negligence. Once the pressure was put on the clinic, more families approached us with similar stories. It was only then that we realized how rampant and reckless certain hospitals, health systems, and facilities across the country truly are.
Since then, we’ve been able to represent the strongest and most amazing families in a number of tragedies: freezer failures, cryotank failures, inadequate medical testing, lost or destroyed genetic material, destroyed stem cells, and countless others. Standing beside our clients, we’ve been able to provide a platform for other families to step forward and tell their stories. Moreover, we’ve been able to provide a pathway to recovery for their losses.
Attorney Adam Wolf said: “Apologies aren’t enough. These families have entrusted their children’s lives and futures to these facilities. A child fighting cancer shouldn’t have to worry about freezers in a lab. We’re going to keep fighting until these devastating tragedies never happen again.”
Peiffer Wolf is a national law firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Louisiana, New York, Missouri, Austin, and Ohio. We put together a sophisticated team of lawyers from around the country committed to representing families and victims of reckless and negligent hospitals, health systems, and medical centers.
Attorney Adam Wolf of Peiffer Wolf will continue to fight for families until this reckless and negligent behavior is eliminated. Even one destroyed stem cell is one too many.
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The failure of stem cell freezer equipment at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles is “the latest tragedy in a pattern of devastating failures” at medical laboratories across the United States, according to the law firm Peiffer Wolf.
Attorney Adam Wolf, who currently is handling two major freezer failure lawsuits, said “Here, we have the loss of critical stem cell material for 56 patients. As is typical in these cases, the hospital is claiming that there are no consequences to this loss, but our experience shows that this is devastating. Typically, stem cells and embryos are frozen specifically because of the concern they will not be produced or will be of inferior quality if produced later. This is a tragedy for the victims.”
Peiffer Wolf is a national law firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Cleveland, St. Louis, Austin, and New Orleans. Peiffer Wolf is nationally recognized for representing victims of laboratory misconduct, including improper freezer handling, and the destruction of stem cells and embryos. This is a highly technical area of law and science; individuals seeking legal representation in such matters would be well advised to look to a law firm that has successfully handled such cases in the past.
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