New technology frequently emerges that challenges the legal status quo. Early adopters must then grapple with uncertainty over how the law will apply to novel legal quandaries. There is no better example of this than in medicine; however, the health care field is notoriously risk averse. Despite this, the practice of medicine stands to gain tremendously from these technological advancements. One such advancement is the relatively new ability to perform robotic surgery in which the surgeon is remote from the patient. Widespread use of this technology would improve rural access to surgical care, as well as improve access to more advanced surgical techniques. But problems may arise concerning choice-of-law when the laws of jurisdictions that the patient and surgeon are located in conflict. This Comment will explore the choice-of-law dilemma using Texas as a point of reference to discuss the likely choice-of-law analysis that would take place in a telesurgical malpractice case.
Robots are Coming: A Discussion of Choice-of-Law Issues and Outcomes in Telesurgical Malpractice,
Tex. A&M L. Rev.
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