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When can a ‘never event’ lead to a legal claim?

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2021 | Injuries

If taking some ibuprofen for a fever, some cough syrup for a cold or some bismuth subsalicaylate (Pepto) for an upset stomach does not make us feel better when we’re sick, we generally head to the doctor’s office for a better diagnosis and further treatment. However, care provided in a clinic or hospital is not always perfect. Sometimes physicians in the Brooklyn area make mistakes that make our health condition significantly worse.

What is a “never event?”

Some types of medical errors are entirely preventable. These are referred to as “never events,” because had proper care been taken these mistakes would never have happened. Some common types of “never events” include:

  • Leaving a foreign object in the body after surgery
  • Wrong-site surgeries
  • Wrong patient surgeries
  • Wrong surgery being performed
  • Delays in treatment
  • Falls in hospitals and care facilities
  • Medication errors

These are only some common types of never events that could cause a patient to suffer further injury and a worsened condition. When this happens, patients may want to learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice claim.

What is a medical malpractice claim?

Medical professionals are held to a certain standard of care. They must practice at a level that is normally expected among those in their specialty in similar situations. This means that while sometimes a patient’s harm or death cannot be avoided, avoidable mistakes can mean a practitioner can be held responsible for a patient’s worsened condition. Physicians have a professional duty towards patients. If this duty is breached causing the patient to be injured and resulting in damages, the physician may be held responsible in a medical malpractice claim.

Learn more about medical malpractice claim

By the time we head to a doctor or hospital we are already suffering. This suffering is only made worse when a physician or medical facility makes an error that leads to a worsened condition. When this happens, it is important to learn more about medical malpractice claims so you can protect your rights and pursue the compensation you are entitled to.