Having surgery is a worrying prospect for most people. There are many questions that you will have such as how will I tolerate the anaesthetic, how will I recover after the operation and what if I get an infection during my stay in hospital? These are normal concerns to have prior to an operation but not many people will consider what would happen if an instrument got left behind inside them during the operation.

This can happen and is known as a ‘Never Event’. This is because according to the NHS, these kind of events should never happen.
If this has happened to you no doubt you are feeling let down by the surgeon and hospital who operated on you and you also must be angry, upset and probably in pain too. We do understand how upset you must be and we can help you to understand what happened to you, why it happened and to decide if you would like to make a claim for medical negligence.

What is a never event?
A never event is a situation which by definition of the NHS, should never happen. These include:

• Foreign objects left behind after surgery such as swabs or instruments
• Surgery on the wrong site
• Misplaced feeding tubes
• Wrong implants

There have been over 750 patients in the last four years who have suffered a never event whilst being treated by the NHS and these situations are completely preventable and avoidable.

How can never events happen?
It is hard to understand how such situations could happen, and the NHS has systems in place to try to avoid these never events:

Surgeons can place visual marks on the body such as arrows pointing towards the correct site; there is counting in of equipment before operations and counting out again afterwards; and the World Health Organisation developed, in conjunction with the NHS, a ‘Safe Surgery Checklist’. This is designed to significantly reduce never events by asking that the checklist is read aloud and that all checks are carried out before, during and after the surgical procedure.

After you see all of the processes in place, it is hard to understand how this can happen. Time pressures, staff shortages and just not concentrating could be responsible, but without investigation into the incident it is hard to comprehend.

Our experience
Our team has many years’ experience in medical negligence and we can help you to bring a claim against the NHS if you have suffered a never event such as those described above."

All of our potential clients are offered a free consultation to discuss their claim. This consultation will ensure that we have the time to discuss your situation with you in detail and that you feel comfortable with us representing you if you do decide to make a claim for medical negligence. You will be under no obligation to make a claim.

We will explain the process and timescales of making a medical negligence claim and also the options open to you to be able to fund it. We will make sure that we use easy to understand language and never use legal jargon when discussing these things with you. This is to make sure that you fully understand and are happy at every stage.

We can help you to receive compensation for the never event you have suffered so call us today. We are ready to help you.


Contact our team to discuss your potential claim by email or call 0117 929 0451


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