New York surgery patients have no choice but to place their trust, and their lives, in the hands of surgeons. For their part, surgeons are expected to carefully review medical records and pertinent documentation before every operation to ensure they are completely prepared. A recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit in another state claims that the surgeons involved not only neglected to review the patient's files and subsequently removed the wrong organ, but then attempted to hide their mistake.
If it passes, a controversial new bill in another state has the potential to set a precedent in medical malpractice lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences even for citizens of New York. The proposed legislation hopes to limit medical malpractice litigation, requiring certification of merit proving that the evidence of doctor error or hospital negligence is strong enough to move forward. Moreover, the bill would cap limits on damages awarded for things like pain and suffering and other non-economic damages at $250,000.