“Never Events” and Medical Malpractice:
When it comes to healthcare, “never events” are medical mistakes that are so terrible they never should have occurred in the first place. According to one study performed by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, approximately 4,000 such “never events’ occur in the United States every year—a rather alarming statistic.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a medical provider’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under Maryland law. Baltimore attorney Randolph Rice has the medical understanding and legal skill to take on a healthcare provider’s insurance company and work hard for you to obtain the monetary compensation you deserve.
Types of “Never Events” in the Medical Context
Some of the most common “never events” that occur in the medical context include the following:
- Surgical errors: where a surgery is performed on the wrong body part or on the wrong patient, or where a surgical instrument, such as a sponge, is left inside the patient after the surgery.
- Product/device misuse: where a medical device is misused or a contaminated device is used during a surgery or other medical procedure.
- Improper release of a patient: where a patient is released to someone other than an authorized person.
- Medication errors: where an incorrect medication or the wrong dosage is prescribed to a patient.
- Radiological errors: where a metallic object is introduced into an MRI area, causing injury or death to the patient.
- Criminal events: where a healthcare provider sexually assaults or physical abuses a patient.
Never events can result in serious and completely unnecessary injuries and complications to hospital patients. Often, such as in contamination cases, a patient can develop a serious infection that can significantly extend her hospital stay. In cases of surgical errors, a patient may then require subsequent surgeries to repair the damage done. Medication mistakes can lead to allergic reactions and can deprive a patient of much-needed medication.
Potential Damages Available to Injured Patients in Medical Malpractice Cases
If an injured patient can successfully prove liability on the part of a negligent healthcare provider or hospital in a medical malpractice case, he may be entitled to payment of related medical bills and lost wages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity, and loss of spousal support. If the patient dies, the loved ones of the deceased may have a cause of action for wrongful death against the negligent healthcare provider or medical facility.
Contact a Baltimore, Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
Medical negligence can result in serious and debilitating side effects, injuries, and even death, in the worst cases. If you or someone you love was injured by a hospital or healthcare provider’s negligence, Baltimore attorney Randolph Rice may be able to help you obtain monetary compensation and damages.
To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, please call us at (410) 288-2900 or contact us online.