Unforeseen accidents happen in hospitals and operating rooms all of the time. We know that sometimes things happen beyond the control of the most skilled surgeon. But sometimes an unforeseen situation comes in the form of an event that should never happen. Logically, the medical community calls these types of incidents “never events” because they are the product of hospital negligence that should never happen.

“Never events” happen when a foreign object is mistakenly left in a patient after surgery, the wrong body part is operated on, the wrong patient is operated on or the wrong surgery is performed. Johns Hopkins University has released a study that shows that over the last 20 years, approximately 10,000 of these “never” surgeries have occurred.

One of the doctors who co-authored the study said that these types of surgical errors are “totally preventable” and that the entire medical team has to work together to be diligent. He suggested that sometimes a member of the team, like a nurse, might see an error coming and feel afraid to speak up because of rank. But keeping quiet can leave each member of the staff and the hospital itself in danger.

When a surgical error occurs despite all of the procedures and safeguards in place, a victim of a “never event” should investigate the quality of care they received. Patients can research the statistics on hospitals to find out what kind of care they regularly give to patients and choose a hospital that makes fewer mistakes.

But if the mistake has already happened, a victim may be able to pursue a hospital malpractice suit to try to win compensation for an surgical error that never should have happened. Our NJ medical malpractice lawyers have handled numerous “never event” surgical error lawsuits. Call us today at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to discuss how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Source: New Jersey Newsroom, “Study: “Never” surgery mistakes still happening to patients,” Bob Holt, Dec. 22, 2012

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