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What Is a “Never Event” in Medical Malpractice?

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When you get treated by a medical professional for an illness, injury, or some other form of care, you expect them to know the proper procedures and standards of care that will keep you safe and, hopefully, improve your health in whatever situation you’re in. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can occur in various degrees, whether in surgery, aftercare, drug administration, or patient protection. 

When an episode of medical malpractice occurs that’s so severe that it’s inexcusable by the medical professional or organization that committed the act, the incident is considered a “never event.” Never events can occur in various neglect cases, but medical malpractice cases may be the most unfathomable because the mistakes are performed by professionals trained to cure, not harm.

At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we understand how traumatic it can be for a patient to suffer from a never event at the hands of a medical professional. Our goal is to help injured victims in medical malpractice cases seek justice by holding all negligent parties liable and obtaining rightful compensation for their damages. 

Never Events Related to Medical Malpractice

Never events related to medical malpractice can cover a wide array of incidents because there’s a small margin for error in the medical field. Most medical mistakes are unacceptable because professionals should be experts in their field and provide the best care to each and every patient.

Surgical errors are considered never events because no surgeon should ever make a significant mistake during surgery. Whether the surgeon performs the wrong surgery on the wrong person or leaves an item in a patient’s body, this level of negligence is inexcusable. 

Other medical malpractice never events include letting a patient be discharged to an unauthorized person, letting the patient disappear from the facility, losing a biological specimen, allowing a patient to develop bedsores, or if a patient suffers a serious fall in a medical facility. 

How to Prove Negligence for Your Never Event

Because never events are so severe, proving that negligence occurred should be less difficult than medical malpractice cases that are less severe. However, it’ll still require proper evidence to ensure you win your case in court. Medical records and expert testimonies from other medical professionals who can compare the proper standard of care will be helpful in your case. 

A medical malpractice lawyer can help conduct a thorough investigation and ensure that all liable parties are held accountable for the event. That way, your settlement will be maximized. 

Reach Out to a West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorney

Surprisingly, 80,000 never events happen in hospitals each year. Although these events should “never” happen, they happen more often than they should. If you’ve experienced a never event related to medical malpractice, it’s important that you hold the medical professional or medical organization legally liable. You deserve compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. 

If you’d like to discuss your case in greater detail with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, fill out the contact form below or call 561-659-6366 to schedule a free consultation.