Doctors aren’t perfect. They make mistakes. While some mistakes may be understandable, there are certain errors that no physician should ever make. In 2001, Dr. Ken Kizer MD, CEO of the National Quality Forum, came up with a name for these egregious, shocking medical errors. He called them “never events.”
Sadly, never events may be far more common than most people believe. Recent estimates indicate that a never event may occur as many as 80 times each week.
If you or a loved one was the victim of a never event, you should speak with a medical malpractice lawyer from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., as soon as possible. Because never events are such egregious mistakes, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm that the error has caused you. Find out more by calling us today toll-free or submitting our online form.
A never event is a mistake so terrible that there is really no excuse for it. According to the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality, there are a total of 29 mistakes defined as “never events.” They are grouped into different categories.
These things should not ever occur in a healthcare setting and when they do, the doctor, healthcare provider or healthcare facility can be held legally liable for the consequences.
A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University indicated that never events are not nearly as rare as one might think. In fact, based on data that the researchers collected, around 80,000 never events have occurred in the U.S. between 1990 and 2010.
According to the study:
Patients between the ages of 40 and 49 were at the greatest risk, and often the mistakes were made by surgeons who had a track record of failure. In fact, 62 percent of surgeons were cited in more than one malpractice report.
If you or a loved one is injured as a result of a never event, then you likely have a very strong case for malpractice against the healthcare provider and/or the facility at which the event occurred.
It is up to you to prove your case as well as to show the extent of your financial and other losses so that you can obtain fair compensation from the doctor/provider responsible for hurting you.
This compensation could include payment of medical costs, lost wages, any future reduction in earning potential, pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death damages and any other losses suffered due to the dangerous actions of the healthcare provider.
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you to gather the evidence that you need to get the compensation you deserve.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our medical malpractice lawyers understand how devastating it is when you place your trust in a healthcare provider and get hurt because of it. There is never an excuse for a care provider to make such a terrible mistake. When a never event happens, we fight for the rights of patients and seek to have the healthcare provider pay for the consequences of the harm that was done.
Medical malpractice cases can be complex because of the technical nature of the claims. We have the knowledge, legal skills and compassion to represent you and seek compensation on your behalf. We work with clients throughout Chicago and Illinois. Give us a call today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation about your case.