We have discussed medical “never events” in our blog several times because they endanger lives more than most people believe. The phrase “never events” seems like an abstract concept rather than a recognized problem. However, research shows that “never events” are a valid form of medical malpractice.
Many of our neighbors in Jacksonville, FL, know about some “never events.” For instance, most of us have heard stories about a surgeon leaving an instrument inside of a patient. While this is one of the most common “never events,” it is not the only one.
Other “never events” common to the medical industry:
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Performing the wrong procedure on the patient
- Operating on the wrong patient
- The sudden death of a low-risk patient during or immediately after surgery
The medical staff of a facility receives training to avoid the errors above, meaning that they should never happen, hence the term, “never events.” Patients harmed by “never events” have the right to seek justice through a medical malpractice claim.
A successful claim provides injured patients with financial compensation. Such compensation helps victims cope with their injuries and improves their overall quality of life going forward.
We know that mere money cannot erase a victim’s harm in the wake of an injurious medical error. However, a malpractice claim can help victims overcome the financial hardships that an unexpected injury poses. It may also help the medical industry understand how important it is to practice caution when providing treatment.
Please continue reviewing the information on our medical malpractice pages to learn how to start your claim. You may also reach out to our legal team for personalized guidance.