When you need medical care, it is important for your doctor or another medical professional to provide you with all of the relevant information you need to make an informed decision on whether you’d like to receive the suggested treatment.
Once you receive all the information you need, you’ll then have to formally consent to receive the recommended treatment. This process is referred to as informed consent.
Sometimes, informed consent needs to be repeated or supplemented. Keep reading to learn when this is necessary.
Informed Consent Should Be Seen as an Ongoing Process
If during the course of your care new findings develop that may affect your willingness to continue participating in the treatment, you may be asked to provide consent for ongoing care.
For example, if there is a delay between your initial informed consent and the start of your treatment, it may be necessary for the medical professionals handling your care to again obtain informed consent from you before starting the treatment.
Additionally, if circumstances change during the course of your treatment, it may be necessary for your doctor to advise you of new and additional risks to the treatment, or new alternatives to the treatment. The doctor has an obligation to advise you of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to proposed treatment at the outset of the treatment, and if those risks, benefits, and alternatives change during the course of the treatment, the doctor is obligated to advise you of those changes and obtain your consent to continued treatment. The guiding principle behind informed consent is that the patient is in charge of what happens to her body.
If you have any questions about the proposed treatment, you should expect answers to those questions from your doctor. Your doctor should welcome your questions and, if needed, repeat or supplement the relevant risk information as needed.
If You Are Unsure If Your Rights Have Been Violated, Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you don’t know whether your informed consent rights have been respected, it’s in your best interest to seek help from an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Our team here at Garau Germano, P.C. is highly skilled in the area of informed consent medical malpractice law and has helped many other people in similar situations receive the compensation they needed when they needed it most. We may be able to help you, too. Don’t delay—contact our office with your questions right away.