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Claims for Never Events

If you have suffered a never event while in a healthcare environment, you will be entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim. In this article we explain what a never event is, what never events are included on the current list, and what you should do if any of these things has affected you.

What is a never event?

A never event can be defined as a 'very serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the relevant preventative measures have been put in place.'

There are currently 25 never events on the list, prepared by the Patient Safety Policy Team:-

1. Wrong site surgery
2. Wrong implant/prosthesis
3. Retained foreign object post-operation
4. Wrongly prepared high-risk injectable medication
5. Maladministration of potassium-containing solutions
6. Wrong route administration of chemotherapy
7. Wrong route administration of oral/enteral treatment
8. Intravenous administration of epidural medication
9. Maladministration of Insulin
10. Overdose of midazolam during conscious sedation
11. Opioid overdose of an opioid-nave patient
12. Inappropriate administration of daily oral methotrexate
13. Suicide using non-collapsible rails
14. Escape of a transferred prisoner
15. Falls from unrestricted windows
16. Entrapment in bedrails
17. Transfusion of ABO-incompatible blood components
18. Transplantation of ABO incompatible organs as a result of error
19. Misplaced naso- or oro-gastric tubes
20. Wrong gas administered
21. Failure to monitor and respond to oxygen saturation
22. Air embolism
23. Misidentification of patients
24. Severe scalding of patients
25. Maternal death due to post-partum haemorrhage after elective Caesarean section

Have you suffered from a never event?

All of these events can be readily avoided just as long as medical professionals follow the appropriate safety measures that are in place. Therefore if you or your loved has suffered from any of these events, it is very possible that doctors and nurses have failed to meet the necessary safety standard. If so, you will be entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering this negligence has caused.

Claiming compensation for a never event

If you believe you or your loved one has been the victim of a never event, you should get in touch with a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims. This will allow you to establish whether or not medical negligence was at play, and whether or not you are in a position to make a claim for compensation. It is important not to delay when seeking legal advice, as claims must be made within three years of the never event.

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