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Recording Surgery: Medical Malpractice Liability or Deterrent?

by Staff Blogger | December 17th, 2015

There’s an old saying that the camera rarely lies. Many people are taking this to heart—and some are hoping to take it to the operating room—as debate is stirring as to whether patients should be allowed to record doctor visits, treatments, and surgeries.

The issue came to light after a Virginia man successfully filed a lawsuit in response to comments made about him by a doctor and his staff while he was sedated for a procedure. The comments were recorded on a cellphone left in the patient’s pants pocket. You can learn more about the case in a previous post on our blog.

The debate has grown since that decision, and there are strong opinions on both sides. According to P&T Community, officials say allowing recordings would improve transparency, nurture accountability, and improve patient safety. However, those who are opposed to the move argue recordings could damage patient relationships and open medical practitioners to civil litigation.

Several organizations are working to pass laws that would require hospitals and doctors to allow patients to record medical procedures, but none have passed.

When considering the option of recording a medical procedure, it’s important for patients to remember they can always seek a second opinion if a medical professional doesn’t want to be filmed or taped. The Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm suggest seeking out another doctor who will allow you to record your care if it makes you more comfortable.