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Will Recording Surgeries Give Assistance to Medical Malpractice Claims?

Steve Wagner

It’s no surprise that doctors are opposed to having a “black box” or a recording device in the operating rooms with them, but should their opposition dictate the rights of the patients to know what went wrong in their surgeries?

Several states have started passing legislation that allows patients to execute advance directives to have their surgeries audio-visually recorded. We wonder if this will be completely beneficial to patients, or if it could have adverse effects.

On the one hand, recording surgeries would give the patients more information afterwards and let them know where and how potential problems occurred.

On the other hand, if you were a doctor operating on a patient, and you knew you were being recorded, would it make you nervous? Do you think you could perform as well if you knew any mistake you made would be on tape and could be used against you?

We are 100% for the protection and the rights of patients in these situations, but we don’t want to put more patients at risk by making our doctors less sure of themselves, and by forcing them into practicing defensive medicine.

What do you think? If you need surgery, would you want it recorded?

Wagner Reese – Surgical Error Attorneys

If you’ve been injured in surgery, you do have rights. Call the medical malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese for more information on how we may be able to help you recover damages to assist you with medical bills, suffering, and lost income.


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