We all need the help of a qualified, experienced doctor at some point – and when we do, we expect only the best in modern medical care. Unfortunately, many doctors have demanding schedules and constantly changing patient lists. These and other factors can lead to medical errors, which often have devastating or even fatal consequences.
Medical mistakes are more common than many people realize: According to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, preventable medical errors cause up to 400,000 premature deaths every year.
Many of these patients were the victims of “never events,” which are incidents of preventable harm that simply should never happen. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Patient Safety Network, doctor errors are classified as never events when they:
- Cause clearly identifiable and measurable adverse effects;
- Result in serious consequences such as death or significant injury; and
- Should under normal circumstances be preventable.
If you were injured by a negligent health-care worker, or if your family member died due to medical malpractice, turn to Morris Bart, LTD. A personal-injury lawyer in Gulfport will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
6 Medical Errors That Should Never Happen
Mistakes happen in every profession – but when it comes to health care, the consequences of a small oversight can be tragic. Misdiagnosis, prescription errors and surgical mistakes can all be deadly.
Doctors work hard to ensure they do not cause “never events,” but they are human beings who are prone to the same lapses of judgment as anyone else. Never events used to be limited to a few particularly shocking errors that were extremely rare. Recently, though, the definition was expanded to include these six categories:
- Surgical mistakes such as operating on the wrong body part or the incorrect patient, or leaving a foreign object inside a patient’s body.
- Product events such as dispensing the wrong drug or using contaminated medical equipment;
- Patient protection events such as discharging a patient too early from a hospital;
- Care management events such as failing to follow up on urgent test results or administering the wrong dosage of medication to a patient;
- Environmental events such as allowing a patient to be burnt while in the hospital; and
- Criminal events such as assaulting a patient while he or she is in the hospital.
If you were injured by a negligent doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other health-care worker in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A personal-injury lawyer in Gulfport will help you pursue the maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other damages.
Our legal team will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.