What Is Informed Consent?

What Is Informed Consent?

Many people wonder, if I have given my consent to a doctor to perform a procedure, and something goes wrong, can I still hold the doctor or hospital responsible? The answer depends on several factors. First, it is important to review the informed consent process. In general, a doctor has a duty to explain the risks and benefits associated with a particular procedure or treatment, the likelihood of success, known complications and any alternatives. Informed consent is more than just signing a piece of paper, it means that the doctor has educated the patient about the procedure, and the patient understands what to expect. Thus, where a doctor fails to adequately disclose the known risks, and a patient is harmed, this may be the basis of a medical malpractice claim.

Additionally, when a patient gives informed consent, that consent is only for the procedure discussed. A doctor may not perform additional procedures, unless a medical emergency arises.

For more information or if you believe that you suffered harm as the result of medical negligence, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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