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Monday, November 26, 2018

A “Never Event” Leads to Malpractice Suit

What is a “never-event”?

Some people have no luck--on the road or in the operating room.

If you are a victim of a car accident, you could be facing months, years, or even a lifetime of medical treatment, surgeries and rehabilitation as a result of the injuries you suffered. You may not be able to work in your current occupation for some time, if ever.

If the injuries were caused by the reckless, negligent, or intentional actions of another person or entity, you can commence a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensatory damages. Depending on the circumstances, damage awards may include compensation for your current and future medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, physical and psychological damages, and more, provided you can prove that someone else was responsible for your injuries.

The extremely unfortunate may encounter alleged medical malpractice during the course of post-accident medical treatment. Medical malpractice falls within the realm of personal injury law in that the victim is injured by the negligent actions or inactions of medical personnel who breached the medically-accepted standard of care expected.

A woman who had been injured in a car accident reportedly underwent lower back fusion surgery and was unexpectedly told upon waking that “one of her kidneys has been unnecessarily removed”.

According to the woman’s attorney, the surgeon-- whose only responsibility was to open the patient so that other surgeons could perform the back-fusion procedure--allegedly mistook her healthy kidney for a tumor and “declared an emergency and removed it”, obviously without the consent of the anesthetized patient. Such “never-event” actions are known as “wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors” that should never have happened.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed in a car accident or any other accident, or as a result of medical malpractice by a doctor, hospital, or medical staff, the personal injury attorneys at Chandler, Mathis & Zivley P.C. may help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact the office today to schedule a free consultation.

From our offices in Lufkin and Houston, Texas, we represent injured victims and their families throughout Texas as well as those injured while visiting the Lone Star state.

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