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Could cameras in the OR make surgery safer?

Many people in Missouri have heard stories of surgeries gone wrong. From
objects being left inside patients to operations on the wrong body part,
these surgical errors make it hard not to feel a little nervous about
the thought of undergoing an operation.

Those who feel concerned about the possibility of surgical errors may be
interested to hear about a new idea being proposed by a lawmaker in Wisconsin.
Her idea is to have surgeries recorded — or at least to allow patients
to decide if they want their surgery recorded.

The hope is that audio and video recordings of surgery will give the surgeon,
the patient and his or her family members a way to look back at the surgery
and determine what went wrong if it is clear that something did. The lawmaker\’s
proposed legislation would also allow people to include a request for
recorded surgeries in their advance directives.

Of course, having a video tape of the surgery will help victims of medical
error beyond just knowing what went wrong. They could end up with clear
video evidence of a surgical mistake, which would very likely bolster a
medical malpractice claim against the operating physician and the hospital.

As other states consider making recorded surgeries an option for patients,
we are curious: What do you think about this idea? If you were scheduled
for surgery, would you elect to have it recorded?

Source: The National Law Review, \”Are Recorded Surgeries the Future of Medical Malpractice Investigation
and Medical Error Prevention?
\” Michael C. Ksiazek, July 29, 2015

Truck Accidents

Overturned gas truck suspected of traveling too fast

A March 28 truck accident outside of Reeds Spring, Missouri fortunately only resulted in injury to the truck driver. The truck driver was operating a 1997 GMC 7500 truck and was hauling gas at the time that the accident occurred. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that the truck was traveling at too high of a speed when it attempted to make a left hand turn at close to 8:00 a.m.

Firm News

Tati Scholfield-Johnson Joins Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci

Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci is proud to announce the addition of Tati Scholfield-Johnson as our firm’s 10th attorney! Tati will practice primarily out of our Springfield office and will bolster our firm’s strength in handling personal injury matters throughout the region. Tati is the oldest daughter of Attorney Roger Alan Johnson and Piper Scholfield and has spent the majority of her young life in and around the Johnson, Vorhees &

Car Accidents

Labor Day is time to go slow, sober, safe and focused

Like all of the major holidays, Labor Day is not only a celebration, but also an annual touchstone. When we get to Labor Day, we know a scorching Joplin summer is about to give way to a kinder, gentler autumn. It\’s also a time to wrap up the summer with a last round of picnics, parties, family get-togethers, road trips and much more. Unfortunately, it\’s also a time when some

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