Some things are just never supposed to happen to patients who seek treatment at hospitals. These adverse incidents that can cause terrible and permanent damage (and sometimes even be fatal) to patients are known as “never events.”
The reason for that is that they are so egregious and preventable that they should never occur under any circumstances.
No ordinary complications
Even minor outpatient procedures carry risks that patients assume when they undergo these surgeries. That is understood and a patient can experience problems through no fault of their surgeon or anesthesiologist.
But never events involve a degree of negligence that is often overwhelming. Surgeons leaving their patients alone in the operating theater while they take a lunch break or make a phone call. Anesthesiologists who grossly miscalculate their patient’s dose of anesthesia so the patient never wakes up. Surgery performed on the wrong body part — or even the wrong patient.
Hold negligent medical personnel liable
Holding negligent parties liable for the damages they cause is important for two reasons. First, it allows the injured party to seek financial compensation for the losses they suffered due to the negligence.
Secondly, it alerts the medical community (and potential patients) to the problem. That physician or other medical staff member might need to have their license to practice suspended or even revoked if they are not competent and able to carry out their duties to patients.
Pay attention to deadlines
Medical malpractices cases proscribe if they are not filed within strict timeframes. These cases can be challenging to litigate so it is prudent to seek guidance when filing your case for a never event.