Dr. Harlan Wald recently authored an article entitled
‘Never events’ need exposure, published on August 31, 2016 in the Sun Sentinel.
“Never events” are medical mistakes that are 100% preventable
and inexcusable. Examples of never events include operating on the wrong
patient, operating on the wrong body part, or leaving a foreign object
inside the body after a surgical procedure. As egregious as these errors
are, they are unfortunately not uncommon. What Dr. Wald finds equally
unacceptable is the fact that Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurance companies
will not cover the costs of any medical care required as a result of never events.
While Florida requires reporting of never events, Dr. Wald believes that
this is not enough. In order for patients to make informed decisions about
the hospitals they visit and the doctors they see, it is imperative that
they have access to information about never events. Currently, these reports
are kept confidential and are not made available to the public.
Follow the link above to view the original article.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a medical professional,
it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney about your rights
as soon as possible.
To get in touch with Dr. Wald or another attorney at Kelley/Uustal, please
call (954) 522-6601.