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What is a Never Event in Medical Malpractice?

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Doctors and other medical professionals are entrusted with the health and well-being of their patients. They are expected to provide proper medical care and to never cause harm or serious injury to those they treat. Mistakes happen, however, though there are some errors that no health care provider or hospitals should ever make. These incidents are referred to as “never events” because it is generally agreed that these mistakes should never occur.

What is Considered a Never Event?

A never event is a mistake that is so outrageous that, regardless of the circumstances, there is no excuse for it.

These are some examples of mistakes that are typically referred to as never events:

  • Surgical errors: Mistakes, such as operating on the wrong body part, operating on the wrong patient, or accidentally leaving a medical instrument or device in a patient’s body, are all examples of never events that occur during surgery.
  • Errors involving medical devices: When a doctor misuses a device or a product, or uses a device that is contaminated, it can result in serious injuries to a patient, some of which might even be fatal.
  • Environmental accidents: An example of an environmental accident that could result in a never event can occur if a patient’s oxygen lines contain the wrong gas. Electrical shocks and burn injuries are other environmental accidents that should never occur while a patient is in the care of a doctor, medical facility or hospital.

None of these mistakes should ever occur while you are being treated or cared for by medical professionals. Additionally, it is important to note that merely because a patient signs a consent form, does not mean that a patient ever consents to an act of medical negligence. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen and, if you are injured in such an event, it is imperative that you hire a medical malpractice attorney with experience in representing such cases.

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Being injured by a trusted medical professional can feel like a major betrayal, and can weigh heavy on your shoulders. If you sustained a serious injury that was caused by medical negligence, contact the medical malpractice team at Rash Mueller in Florida for the knowledgeable legal guidance you need during this difficult time. Our law firm is backed by a history of success that includes millions of dollars secured on behalf of our clients.

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