The medical process typically follows a pattern that includes steps like identification of a problem, diagnosis, selection of treatment, receipt of treatment, and recovery. An important, but often overlooked step, is the selection of appropriate treatment. This requires the informed consent of the patient, and it is the responsibility of the medical staff to make sure that the patient is completely aware of his or her treatment options.
What is Informed Consent?
Informed consent means that the doctor must describe in detail the nature of the problem, what exactly the procedure is to remedy it, why such a treatment is required, and what potential side effects could be involved. Typically, information about the doctors performing the procedure and other data is also included.
Simply signing your name or saying yes to a procedure does not necessarily mean you have given informed consent. Uninformed consent is not the same thing; you may have agreed to a procedure without being fully aware of the consequences. In cases such as this, the doctor may be held accountable.
What We Can Do For You
We work very hard to make sure that you can focus on healing and getting back on your feet after being the victim of medical malpractice. A medical malpractice firm handles the details of your case and we do their best to ensure that your experience is as stress-free as possible.