Never Events In Medical Malpractice Cases
When we undergo any kind of surgery, we expect that we will come out of it healed from whatever injury or ailment we had. While we do know that there will be some pain associated with the operation, we never expect certain factors to occur or things to go wrong. Unfortunately, there are times when things do go wrong, including certain preventable actions during surgery referred to as “never events.” These events are so named because they should never happen during surgery. When they do, they can leave the patient dealing with even more problems than they previously had.
These “never events” include some of the acts that may occur in the operating room, but which are preventable acts — i.e., usually involving some form of negligence. At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys understand what these events are and the devastating impact they can have on patients. We believe it is important for you to understand what these “never events” are and what options you may have if they happen to you or your loved one.
These are three of the most common never events:
1. Operations Performed on the Wrong Body Part
As information is passed along from department to department, there is a possibility that things can be reported incorrectly. This is unacceptable because it can lead to errors when providing treatment. When there is surgery involved and it causes the surgeon to operate on the wrong body part, this is even more alarming. For instance, a surgeon may operate on the right knee when the problem was with the left knee.
2. Operations Performed on the Wrong Patient
Similar to the way in which surgery on the wrong body part occurs, misinformation, incorrect information, and any other system or communication errors can result in the doctor operating on the wrong person. While this may occur due to a system problem, another possibility is the doctor not paying close attention to the charts when proceeding with surgery. Both of these are preventable acts and should be considered as an act of negligence. This type of error could result in a patient sustaining an injury or receiving an operation for something that was not wrong with them in the first place.
3. Leaving an Object in the Patient
One of the potential problems that a patient may endure is if the doctor leaves a foreign object inside their body after surgery has been performed. With countless surgical tools, gauze, and other items being used during the surgery, it is critical that doctors make sure these items are all accounted for after the operation is complete. Leaving something inside a patient can cause serious harm to a patient, such as a severe infection, and would require even more medical attention afterwards.
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At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, we believe that any act of negligence during surgery is unacceptable and the responsible party should be held accountable. When one of these never events occurs, we are readily available to represent the victim and pursue the compensation they need to deal with their injuries and further medical care. Don’t let this happen to you – allow our team to take action on your behalf and guide you through the complex legal process.
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