Never Event Medical Definition

What is a Never Event?” 

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Never Event Medical Definition

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Never Event medical definition: A never-event is a medical mistake so egregious it should never happen under any circumstance. Sometimes never events are called SREs or Serious Reportable Events. These types of serious mistakes can include such things as:

  • Surgeries performed on the wrong body part
  • Leaving foreign objects inside a patient after surgery
  •  Discharging an infant to the wrong person

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Never Event in Medical Malpractice Cases

In the unique case of never events, there is very likely a medical malpractice case to follow suit. Studies have found that hospitals and hospital staff often fear issuing formal apologies to patients and their families for these kinds of medical events because it can and likely will lead to malpractice suits. 

However it has been shown in this same research that malpractice suits are often the result of the failure of a hospital to communicate with patients and apologize for errors. 

In the case of never events, you should have a lawyer on your side to help you navigate the legal path forward to the compensation you deserve. 

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