Never Event Claims

If you have been a victim to a 'never event,' you may be entitled to compensation. 

Hospitals should be a safe place and ensure you receive the correct treatment, but unfortunately, this is not always the case.

If during the course of your medical care, you have fallen victim to a Never Event then you could be entitled to compensation.

What is a Never Event?

Never Event claims are a form of medical negligence which cause serious injury to you and that should simply never have happened.

A Never Event highlights a failure to provide the expected standard of care which is avoidable and should never have occurred. 

Every Never Event case has caused the person harm or even death. 

In the nine months between April and December 2017, NHS England had 362 reported cases of Never Events. This means patients were harmed 262 times in circumstances that were completely avoidable.

Prominent forms of Never Events include:

  • Wrong site surgery
  • Placement of the wrong implants
  • Amputation of the wrong limb
  • Administration of medication by the wrong route
  • Falls from poorly restricted windows
  • Incorrect transfusion or transplantation

If the above situations have happened to you, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your resulting pain and suffering.

We urge you to get in touch with Medical Negligence Solutions to fully understand the options available to you.

Why do Never Events Occur?

The NHS define a clear framework for the specific incidents that constitute a Never Event, which occur when the correct processes have not been followed.

The cause of Never Events can be boiled down to human error, however, there are many reasons why a human error is made.

Some more common reasons may relate to the medical professionals not being familiar with one another, poor communication when being notified of the correct process or a lack of understanding.

Have you been a victim to a Never Event?

When a Never Event has occurred, you or your loved ones should be notified during the course of care or following this via a phone call or letter.

However, this is not always the case and you may still be entitled to make a claim against the medical provider.

If you have (or suspect you have) suffered as a result of a medical mistake that should never have occurred, we encourage you to get in touch with the Medical Negligence Solutions team.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation with our specialist Never Event solicitors to find out if you are eligible to bring a Never Event compensation claim.

Frequently asked questions

Can I claim compensation for my child?

You can act as a Litigation Friend for a child if you are the parent or guardian. Any compensation paid will go into a trust to be managed on behalf of the child until they turn 18, when they are legally able to manage their financial affairs.

You can bring a claim for your loved one who has fallen victim to a Never Event and suffered injury as a result. If you have lost a loved one as a consequence of medical negligence, then it is possible to claim compensation. Call our team, who have healthcare expertise and who understand the complex process involved in bringing a claim. At Medical Negligence Solutions we work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning there is no charge to you or your loved one if your case is unsuccessful.