Medical Malpractice

Types of Medical Neglect and Malpractice

When you or a loved one is put in the care of a medical facility, such as an emergancy room,  hospital, nursing home or rehab center, you trust those professionals with your health and well-being. When that trust is violated, through abuse, neglect or malpractice, you need aggressive and compassionate representation to protect your rights. At Edwards and Ragatz, P.A., our attorneys strive to hold medical facilities accountable in medical malpractice and nursing home neglect cases. Our firm consists of a nurse, part-time physician, and a team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys. Call Us Now 1-904-399-1609 or Toll Free at 1-800-366-1609.

How Do You Know If You Are a Victim?
A “Never Event”* is a clearly identifiable and measurable, serious, and usually preventable medical error or event. “Never Events” fall into a variety of categories and consists of medical errors such as bedsores, wrong-site surgery and medication errors. Medical malpractice is defined as negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient.

If you suspect you or a loved one are victims of medical malpractice, negligence or nursing home abuse, please contact us today to speak to an attorney. Our goal is to make sure that your patient rights are protected and that medical professionals and facilities are held accountable for their actions. To read up on the latest news involving “never events” visit our Never Event Blog.

A Few Examples of Medical Malpractice & Never Events

Surgical Events

Wrong Surgery Procedure
Surgery on Wrong Body Part
Unintended Foreign Object in Patient
Unnecessary Surgery on Wrong Patient
Artificial Insemination with Wrong Sperm or Donor Egg
Intraoperative or Immediate Postoperative Death in American Society of Anesthesiologists Class I Patient

Product/Device Events

Death or Disability associated with Intravascular Air Embolism at health care facility
Death or Disability resulting from Contaminated Drugs, Devices or Biologics by health care facility
Death or Disability associated with use or function of Device, where Device is used for other functions than intended

Patient Protection

Infant Discharged to Wrong Person
Patient Death or Disability associated with Patient Disappearance
Patient suicide, or Attempted Suicide resulting in Serious Disability while at a health care facility

Care Management

Stage 3 or 4 Pressure Ulcers/Bed Sores/Decubitus Ulcers
Patient Death or Disability associated with Medication Error
Patient Death or Serious Disability due to Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Patient Death or Disability associated with Hypoglycemia, onset occurring in health care setting
Death or serious Disability associated with failure to identify and treat Hyperbilirubinemia in Neonates
Maternal death or Disability associated with Labor & Delivery of Low-Risk Pregnancy in health care facility
Patient Death or Disability associated with Hemolytic Reaction due to Administration of Incompatible Blood or Blood Products

Enviromental Events

Patient Death or Disability associated with a Burn incurred from Any Source at health care facility
Patient Death or Serious Disability associated with a Fall while being cared for in health care facility
Wrong Gas delivered to a patient via Designated Line, or Contaminated Gas with Toxic Substances
Patient Death or Serious Disability associated with use of Restraints or Bedrails in a health care facility
Patient Death or Disability associated with Electrical Shock or Electric Cardioversion while cared for in heath care facility

Criminal Events

Abduction of a patient at any age
Sexual Assault on a Patient within or on the grounds of a heath care facility
Instances of Care Ordered or Provided by Someone Impersonating a Heath Care Provider
Death or Injury of a patient or staff member resulting from Physical Assault within a health care facility

Table Source: National Quality Forum-The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a private, not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for quality measurement and reporting. The NQF mission is to improve health care through endorsement of consensus-based national standards for use of performance data. These data provide meaningful information about whether care is safe, timely, beneficial, patient-centered, equitable, and efficient.


*The term “Never Event” was first introduced in 2001 by Ken Kizer, MD, former CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), in reference to particularly shocking medical errors that should never occur. Over time, the list has been expanded and grouped into six categorical events: surgical, product or device, patient protection, care management, environmental, and criminal. Source: