Informed Consent Is a Legal Right: Our Law Firm Can Help You in Your Medical Malpractice Case
In 1998, the citizens of the United States were given a new right – the right to informed consent. This right was written into a bill known as the Patient’s Bill of Rights, and it states that all US citizens have the right to be told what their options are regarding their medical condition, prognosis, treatment, and risks involved with certain treatments. It is unfortunate that there are patients who are still unaware of this bill and receive risky, costly, and unnecessary treatments without being properly informed of any alternative. When you are seriously injured by a treatment that you would have avoided if the health care provider had given all the necessary information, Weitz & Luxenberg can help you receive compensation.
What Is “Informed Consent”?
The law states that “informed consent” is when all the necessary information regarding a treatment was presented to you in a clear and easy to understand way. A patient that was not given all the information cannot make an informed decision on what to do. In addition, a doctor that only provides medical jargon, however truthful it may be, is not providing you the necessary information for informed consent if you cannot understand the jargon. When this happens, the attorneys at Weitz & Luxenberg can help you.
How Lack of Informed Consent Can Cause Harm
Emily is only twenty-five years-old. She comes to her doctor with severe stomach pains. After extensive tests, the doctor concludes that the best course of action is exploratory surgery. The doctor explains what is involved in this procedure, but omits certain risks involved and the option of alternative medicine treatments.
After the surgery, the doctor concludes that the problem could have been solved with a change in diet and certain medications. Because of the surgery, Emily now suffers from permanent scar tissue on her stomach and intestines, which hinders her ability to work.
She had no idea that something like this could happen to her, and she did not know about her other options for treatment. Had Emily known these things, she would not have gone through with the surgery. This is an example of how lack of informed consent can cause serious harm. Weitz & Luxenberg issympathetic to these cases and can help you get compensation for your losses.
What Can Be Compensated In an Informed Consent Malpractice Case?
Various losses that can be compensated include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation expenses
- All out of pocket travel, postage, or phone bills related to the case
How to Get Started
The first step towards getting compensation is to fill out the form on this page. You will be contacted by a representative of Weitz & Luxenberg where he or she can go over your options with you. It is free, easy, and safe. There is no harm in knowing your options.
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