August 26, 2015
One of the most difficult aspects of medical malpractice claims is determining what happened during a procedure or treatment that led to an error. But with today’s technology, the ways that negligence is currently determined may be a thing of the past.
The Indiana medical malpractice attorneys at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point to a team at the University of Toronto that developed a device known as the surgical black box. The device records actions and movements of a doctor performing surgery so any mistakes can be identified at a later time.
Taking that one step further, several states have, or are considering, laws that allow patients to request medical procedures be recorded with audio and video. New York is considering “Raina’s Law,” which would put a camera in every surgical setting. According to NBC 15 News, Wisconsin is also considering a law that would allow medical procedures to be recorded.
Those in favor of these measures claim the laws will allow hard evidence of medical mistakes to be collected in an unbiased format. Those against the rules said the recordings could potentially violate patients’ rights to privacy.
At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indiana personal injury attorneys are interested to see how the shift towards the use of cameras in medical settings develops over time.