Surgery Performed on Wrong Body Part, and Other Never Events

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“If one of these never events has occurred to you, you have a right to compensation for that. Again, these could have serious consequences on people.”

In medical terms, a “never event” is a preventable medical error that should never happen. Some examples include:

  • Surgery performed on the wrong body part
  • Wrong surgery performed
  • Foreign object left inside the body (i.e. surgical sponge)
  • Patient suicide occurring in a healthcare facility

Michael Perez is a personal injury attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia, with Warshauer Law Group, P.C. In this interview, Perez explains more about never events, what you should do if one occurs, and why you should never expect the healthcare facility to apologize or admit fault.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Key Takeaways From Michael Perez:

A “never event” is a healthcare term referring to a medical error that should never happen under any circumstances of medical care. Reputable hospitals and healthcare organizations recognize never events as 100% preventable safety concerns, which typically result in severe consequences to a patient’s health.

Some healthcare professionals may not admit fault for a never event.

Although it would be nice to assume a healthcare provider has their patient’s best interest at heart and would be willing to take responsibility for and immediately correct a never event, this is not always the case. Sometimes doctors or healthcare providers may not even admit a never event occurred until the patient or their family brings it to light. A patient should be able to expect a degree of accountability from their medical team regarding never events, but this unfortunately cannot be relied upon.

A patient may have a feeling that something went wrong in their procedure but no hard evidence.

If you suspect a never event has occurred, but your doctor has not come forward to admit fault or explain the situation, it’s wise to seek legal counsel as well as further corrective medical treatment. Many times a patient may not have tangible proof that a never event occurred, but they may have a sense or feeling that something didn’t occur as it should during their treatment or surgery. When this is the case, the patient can seek compensation to cover whatever damages ensued as a result of the never event, be they physical, financial, and/or emotional.

It’s important to seek the advice of a lawyer experienced with never event lawsuits.

Even if a doctor or healthcare provider is willing to admit fault in a never event, they may still be unwilling to provide fair compensation. From economic damages like loss of wages and past/present/future medical expenses to non-economic damages including pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, an experienced attorney will be able to identify damages you are eligible to be compensated for and evaluate the circumstances surrounding your never event to figure out how to build the strongest case possible for you.

Most medical malpractice attorneys work on contingency, which means you don’t pay unless they win.

Consultations with medical malpractice attorneys are usually free, so there’s no reason to wait to seek counsel if you think you may have suffered from a never event. Like most personal injury lawyers, medical malpractice lawyers work on contingency, which means you will not owe any money out of pocket from the initial consultation all the way through the trial proceedings. In fact, you won’t owe your lawyer any money at all unless/until they win your case, at which point they would be paid a previously agreed-upon percentage of the winnings.

If you think you may have suffered from medical malpractice in the form of a never event, don’t wait to seek help. Contact an attorney as soon as possible and see what your options are for pursuing compensation. If you wait too long, the statute of limitations may expire.

To learn more, contact Michael Perez directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

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