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A surgical "never event" underscores need for victim assistance

In doing so, they frequently argue that malpractice claims are frivolous and unduly pricey.

In fact, such claims are often and simply only about justice, as is clearly underscored by a recent story involving a blatant birth injury-related error committed by a doctor at one hospital.

Here's what happened, pure and simple. Medical staff members confused one newborn for another, taking a perfectly healthy baby and subjecting it to a tongue-cutting procedure aimed at eradicating eating and future speech problems.

Of course, the child had no such issues.

Now perhaps the infant does.

In medical parlance, such an egregious and unthinkable mistake is called a "never event," and for obvious reasons.

Absent flat-out negligence committed by a medical professional or team, such an outcome would never have happened.

We're talking things like sponges left inside surgical patients, wrong-site surgery and, as here, a completely inappropriate procedure performed on an innocent victim.

Such lapses in the standard of care owed patients demand action and remedial fixes to ensure that they never happen again.

That is what a medical malpractice filing is all about, coupled with its deterrent effect on future shoddy practices and its ability to provide some degree of help that is badly needed by a malpractice victim and his or her family.

Questions or concerns regarding substandard medical care delivery can be addressed to a proven plaintiffs' medical malpractice attorney.

In doing so, they frequently argue that malpractice claims are frivolous and unduly pricey.

In fact, such claims are often and simply only about justice, as is clearly underscored by a recent story involving a blatant birth injury-related error committed by a doctor at one hospital.

Here's what happened, pure and simple. Medical staff members confused one newborn for another, taking a perfectly healthy baby and subjecting it to a tongue-cutting procedure aimed at eradicating eating and future speech problems.

Of course, the child had no such issues.

Now perhaps the infant does.

In medical parlance, such an egregious and unthinkable mistake is called a "never event," and for obvious reasons.

Absent flat-out negligence committed by a medical professional or team, such an outcome would never have happened.

We're talking things like sponges left inside surgical patients, wrong-site surgery and, as here, a completely inappropriate procedure performed on an innocent victim.

Such lapses in the standard of care owed patients demand action and remedial fixes to ensure that they never happen again.

That is what a medical malpractice filing is all about, coupled with its deterrent effect on future shoddy practices and its ability to provide some degree of help that is badly needed by a malpractice victim and his or her family.

Questions or concerns regarding substandard medical care delivery can be addressed to a proven plaintiffs' medical malpractice attorney.

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