In the medical profession, there’s something called a “never” event. As the name implies, this is simply something that should never happen in that setting. It has been defined as a medical event that is particularly shocking. This doesn’t mean that it won’t happen, but that it should not. Any time that it does occur, that’s a signifier that something has gone significantly wrong.
For example, a doctor operating on the wrong patient is a never event. Doctors should always check the health records and other documentation, they should double-check the procedure with the patient and talk to the rest of the surgical team. Some doctors even make marks on the areas on the body where they are supposed to operate, such as writing “Yes” and “No” on a patient’s knees.
In other words, there are a lot of steps the doctor should take so that they will never accidentally carry out the surgery on the wrong person or the wrong part of the body. But you’ll find out that these types of wrong-site surgeries still continue to happen every year.
These events can change your life
The problem with never events is that many of them are very drastic. Even if a patient doesn’t suffer fatal injuries, medical malpractice could leave them with irreparable injuries. A doctor who amputates the wrong leg, for instance, still has to carry out the correct procedure, but the patient will now have absolutely no mobility and their life will be changed forever.
If something like this has happened to you because your doctor was negligent and made significant mistakes, then you need to know how you can seek compensation for all of your costs.