Never Events

Were you harmed during a medical procedure in Tampa, FL? We know that everyone makes mistakes, even medical professionals. While doctors and other health care providers aren’t perfect, certain mistakes should never happen. These are sometimes referred to as “never events.” 

The top-rated lawyers of Catania & Catania, P.A. have recovered millions of dollars for injured patients and their families throughout the Tampa Bay area. We’ve been fighting for victims of accidents of all kinds since 1992. 

With over 120 years of collective legal experience, you can trust that our legal team has the skills, resources, and knowledge required to handle the most complex medical malpractice claim.

Contact us today at (813) 222-8545 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers.

How Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You with a Never Events Claim

Medical errors and negligence can result in severe injuries, patient death, and permanent impairments. When these events occur, you want a legal team on your side who pursues every avenue to recover compensation for damages. You deserve to be compensated for the harm caused by a negligent doctor or health care facility. 

When you hire Catania & Catania Injury Lawyers, you can expect us to:

  • Complete a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to your injury
  • Work with medical experts to identify the cause of your injury and document the extent of your damages
  • Identify each party who is liable for the harm you suffered
  • Document your damages and calculate a reasonable value for your injury claim
  • File insurance claims and lawsuits to protect your legal rights
  • Negotiate a fair settlement for your injury claim
  • Pursue the case in court if the responsible parties refuse to negotiate in good faith 

You deserve to be compensated for your damages caused by adverse events, including never events. Unfortunately, medical providers and insurance companies fight malpractice claims and refuse to accept responsibility. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers fight harder to hold them responsible for their actions.

Call our Tampa, FL law office to schedule your free consultation today.

What Are Never Events?

Dr. Ken Kizer conceived the term “never event” in 2001. He used the term to describe appalling medical errors. 

The term never events is now used to describe adverse events that are clearly identifiable and measurable. Never events also include serious events that generally result in a preventable death or disability

There are seven categories of never events identified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

At least 29 “serious reportable events” are included in these seven categories:

  • Care management
  • Radiological 
  • Patient protection 
  • Product or devices
  • Surgical and procedural
  • Criminal acts
  • Environmental 

Never events may be rare, but their consequences are often devastating for the patient. The negligence that results in a never event is so unthinkable that patients would never believe that it could happen to them. 

What Are Some Examples of Never Events?

In some cases, a patient may not even know that they are the victim of a never event. A medical provider or health care facility may cover up the event by blaming the harm on another cause. 

Never events include:

  • Leaving a foreign object in a patient’s body
  • Unsafe use of blood products
  • Performing an operation on the wrong body part (wrong-site surgery)
  • Misusing a medical device
  • Performing surgery on the wrong patient
  • Stage 3 or 4 bedsores or pressure ulcers that developed while a patient was receiving care in a health care facility
  • Deaths and severe injuries from falls in a health care facility
  • Medication errors that result in death or patient harm
  • Performing the incorrect medical procedure 
  • Metal objects in the MRI area
  • Death or injury to an infant during low-risk labor or delivery 
  • Discharging a patient after surgery who cannot care for themselves 
  • Burns suffered by patients from any source while in a health care facility 
  • Discharging a patient to the incorrect person
  • Using a contaminated medical device or equipment 

Many never events are related to surgery. A study discovered never events in surgery are preventable and avoidable. John Hopkins researchers estimated that 80,000 never events occurred from 1990 to 2010 in hospitals across the country.

Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for a Never Event?

Yes, if you sustained harm because of a never event, you may pursue a legal claim. In general, never events violate the acceptable standard of care.

If you can prove that the never event occurred and resulted in your injury, you may recover compensation for damages including:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • In-home health care and nursing home care
  • Personal care and services
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Reduction in future earning potential
  • Permanent impairments and disabilities
  • Reduced quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering, including mental anguish, physical discomfort, and emotional distress

If your loved one died because of a never event, you might recover compensation for damages by filing a wrongful death claim. 

What Is Being Done to Prevent Never Events?

The Leapfrog Group continues to work to prevent never events. Government agencies have also been working to prevent never events and educate health care providers about the dangers of preventable medical negligence and mistakes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidelines regarding payment for medical treatment and care resulting from never events. In addition, the agency announced it would investigate how to eliminate or reduce the number of never events. Also, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality began using root cause analysis to analyze serious adverse events in health care. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Tampa Never Events Lawyers

Never events happen more often than you might realize. If you are the victim of medical negligence, call us to speak with a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer. Let us help you fight for the justice you deserve.