Can Cameras Prevent Cases of Medical Malpractice?

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

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The death of a Tampa Bay woman on the operating table over a decade ago has sparked a national discussion about the use of cameras in operating rooms.

After going in for a breast augmentation, 38-year-old Julie slipped into a coma and died. Her doctor was not licensed for the procedure and used an unlicensed nurse to administer anesthesia. During the procedure, the unlicensed nurse administered four times the dosage of the anesthetic, causing the patient to go into a coma and flatline for five minutes.

The woman never recovered and remained in a vegetative state for three months before passing away in her home state of Wisconsin.

Now the surviving family members are pushing for legislation that would put cameras in the operating room. The legislation under review by the Wisconsin Legislature—named Julie’s Law after the deceased woman—would give patients the option of having their surgical procedures recorded. If passed, the law would allow an audio recording and video recording when patients go under the knife.

Julie’s family members hope that the law will become the norm across the nation, and that other families can be spared the grief and pain of losing a loved one to negligent surgeons.

What Options Are Available to People Hurt by Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice cases require a very high standard of proof, and having the option of requesting cameras for procedures could be beneficial in deterring negligent medical care. Regardless, patients and family members hurt by medical malpractice might have legal options.

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