As a patient, you expect to receive quality care, and rightly so. In the United States, medical professionals are legally bound to a particular standard of care, and within that standard of care, exists informed consent.
Informed consent laws require that your physician explain all of the potential risks and benefits of a particularly recommended procedure. Failing to do so can result in serious consequences. Read on to learn more about why informed consent is important.
The Importance of Informed Consent
When your doctor properly warns you about all the risks of a certain treatment, you are equipped with the information you need to make the best decision for your health. In addition, the informed consent process encourages you to make decisions in collaboration with your doctor, rather than your physician making the decisions for you.
Remember, healthcare providers are legally and ethically obligated to provide a collaborative decision-making process for your treatment.
In addition, informed consent protects you from undergoing unnecessary procedures that won’t actually help you.
Similarly, informed consent protects you from enduring needless harm when you choose not to have a particular treatment done in order to avoid a certain outcome expressed as a risk during the informed consent process.
We’re Here to Help Victims of Medical Malpractice
If your physician or another medical professional failed to sufficiently warn you of all the potential risks and benefits of a certain procedure and you were harmed in ways you didn’t expect, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office right away if you have any questions about informed consent or medical malpractice. We’ve helped many others in similar situations and we’re prepared to help you too.