Pennsylvania residents trust that medical professionals have been trained well enough to help solve their medical problems. People often don't have the training necessary in order to fix their own issues. Therefore, they rely heavily on doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to treat and diagnose medical problems.
However, medical professionals are not perfect. They can be distracted, busy, overworked, poorly trained or just plain negligent. In these situations, it is patients that suffer. However, most people understand that doctors and nurses are only human and that mistakes will be made.
Still, certain mistakes that are so egregious that they should never occur. The medical community calls these mistakes 'never events.' These are things that should never occur no matter the circumstances, the patient or the disease. Despite this, never events still occur in many hospitals and medical facilities around the country.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identifies a variety of different types of never events. Surgical never events include performing surgery on the wrong body part and performing a surgery or other medical procedure on the wrong patient. Additionally, leaving behind surgical tools inside a patient is also a never event.
Medication errors, insemination with the wrong sperm or patient injuries as a result of communication errors, are also identified as never events. Additionally, patients should also not suffer from electric shock as a result of healthcare treatments. A metallic object left with a patient during anMRI exam is also a never event.
There are a variety of other shocking and completely preventable injuries and accidents that can occur in hospital settings. When these never events occur, people can suffer serious and unnecessary injuries. In these cases, people should understand their legal rights and how to exercise them. With the help of an attorney, people may be able to collect compensation for their injuries.