Ever wonder what your doctors talk about during surgery while you are under anesthesia. Those of you who remember the TV show “Mash” might have an idea.
One Virginian clicked the record button on his smartphone to record his doctor’s instructions and forgot to turn it off before he was put under. As a result after the surgery, much to his surprise, he discovered the doctors and nurses had made unprofessional mocking and false statements about him as a patient.
After a three day jury trial the award was $500,000.00. The jury decided they had to make an award to send a message that this conduct is not to be tolerated. $200,000.00 of the total award was for punitive damages to punish the doctors for intentional wrongful conduct. The facts were clear because of the recording and most of defense involved technical arguments of law that a lawsuit was not proper under these facts.
Most malpractice claims will not be decided by what is on a tape recording. There are important records. Your medical records, reports, discharge summaries, intake forms, the medical history, x-rays, ct scans, mri results all of it makes up your medical record and it’s in the record that the activity of the medical treatment is recorded. So that is where we start after you call. The phone call is reasonably short and we would be happy to chat with you in our office. The lawyers are friendly and knowledgeable. We won’t know right away if you have a case but we can outline for you the procedure that we need to use to find out if you should file a case for your injury. The call to our office is free and you will be happy you called.
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