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With the growth of technology, we are not only able to record events as they unfold, but capture other critical information as well, with the goal of gaining a clearer understanding of what happened. This information has, and will continue to, play an invaluable role by assisting attorneys and their clients.
An example is a police dashboard camera currently in use, or body cameras that many would like to see implemented. These devices can provide a much more accurate and unbiased account of an event as it actually happens, rather than relying on the subjective recollections of those on the scene. This information is invaluable in situations that escalate or take a terrible turn for the worse.
Other devices today also capture vehicle data for planes, trains, big trucks or automobiles. These “telematics transponders” send, receive and store information, such as travelling speed and distance; minute-by-minute location; stops and starts; mechanical performance, driver behavior and more. This data may then be analyzed to provide an accurate picture of vehicle use. Armed with solid information, better driving, routing and maintenance decisions can be made. We can also use this data to form a clear picture of the events leading up to an automobile accident.
Recently, researchers at the University of Toronto have announced the invention of a device that will record every action of a surgeon during an operation. This information is valuable in itself, but that data could also be stored in a repository for later analysis along with data from similar surgeries and the respective patient outcomes. Correlational research could shed light on the causes of poor or positive patient outcomes by uncovering certain relationships and patterns that occur during medical procedures.
Attorneys must stay abreast of new developments in technology that will help them more effectively represent their clients. There is no question that any emerging technology with the power to save lives or avoid human tragedy should immediately be put to use. In the meantime, understanding exactly what went wrong may be the next best thing to protecting those who have suffered a medical injury. Anesthesia errors, failure to follow the correct medical or surgical procedure, or incorrect use of a medical device are all examples of medical malpractice that would be revealed through the use of new technology—and more importantly, tragedies that could be avoided.
If you or someone you love is the victim of medical malpractice, contact the attorneys of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck PC for a free consultation.