A tragedy occurred in Florida 2003 that left a family grieving the untimely death of their loved one. The incident involved a reportedly botched surgical procedure that resulted in the death of the patient. The woman, 38 years old at the time, was undergoing breast augmentation surgery when circumstances took a tragic turn during the procedure, resulting in her death and a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The practicing surgeon involved in the case had his license revoked in the state of Florida. The decedent’s family, along with a lawmaker from her home state, have worked to introduce a new bill that would allow surgery patients to have their procedures recorded by audio and video equipment. The family has stated that they hope all states will adopt similar legislation as a constructive measure to provide patients with valuable detailed information regarding medical treatment that can used during litigation if necessary.
The Wisconsin family of the deceased recently stated that they particularly hope the state of Pennsylvania considers legislation similar to the newly proposed Bill 2015. Apparently, the same physician who operated on their family member has obtained a license to practice oral surgery in Pennsylvania. The deceased woman’s brother said that the legislation is not meant to be vengeful, it is intended only to arm medical patients with information that can help them when facing court proceedings.
Advocates of the bill say that it is meant to provide patients with access to their own data regarding medical procedures. Some Florida residents may find themselves in need of legal advice regarding medical malpractice issues. It is beneficial to know that there are legal professionals in the area who have experience in handling personal injury and malpractice cases. Every citizen has the right to seek consultation with a legal team when considering filing a claim in court.
Source: erietvnews.com, “Bill Calling for Cameras in Surgery Motivated by Doctor Now Practicing in Erie“, Lisa Adams, May 12, 2015