When we go into hospital, we expect to be given the correct treatment and to leave in a better condition than when you arrived – for the most part. If, during the course of your treatment you have been the victim of a Never Event, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is a never event? A Never Event is an incident of medical negligence which is so serious it should NEVER have happened. The NHS define a Never Event as a serious and largely preventable patient incident that should not occur if healthcare providers had implemented existing national guidance or safety recommendations.
The fact that Never Events are deemed to be wholly avoidable means that you are able to claim compensation if you have fallen victim to one.
Never Events can happen in a range of situations. The NHS has defined a clear framework and policy on Never Events, and provides the following list:
Most of these have the potential to cause extremely serious harm to the patient. That said, there is no need for serious harm to occur for the event to be considered a Never Event.
In the year to March 2019, the NHS registered 496 instances where a Never Event occurred. This means patients were harmed 496 times in circumstances that were completely avoidable.
If you suspect that you or a relative may have suffered from a Never Event, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the resulting pain and suffering. Make an enquiry with our specialist teams of medical negligence solicitors and we will explain the options available to you.
Like any medical negligence claim, Never Event claims need to meet certain criteria. These are:
The sooner you make a start then the more positive the outcome is likely to be, so contact us today for more information. If you or someone you know has experienced these types of medical errors, which has led to pain and suffering, OP Law can help you seek financial compensation. Our experienced team will guide you through the complex legal process, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome to your compensation claim.