ORLANDO, FL, December 29, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) states that, "Informed consent is more than simply getting a patient to sign a written consent form. It is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient's authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention." Indeed if a doctor or healthcare provider fails to receive your consent for any medical treatment, you may have a right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek damages for any injuries that occur.
If you feel that your rights have been violated, an experienced medical malpractice attorney will be necessary. Make no mistake. Medical malpractice cases are extremely hard to win, more so when they involve something as complex as informed consent. Only with the assistance of an aggressive medical malpractice attorney can you be sure you are treated fairly and provided the compensation you deserve.
Know Your Rights
According to the AMA, as a patient, you have a right to know:
- Your diagnosis
- The purpose of your doctor's recommend procedure
- All risks that could accompany the procedure
- Alternative procedures
- Risks and benefits of alternative procedures
- Any risks associated with not undergoing treatment
During your consultation with your doctor, all of these things should be explained in full. You should also be given an opportunity to ask any questions you have, making sure that when you give consent, it is with full information.
If you doctor fails to provide you with honest or accurate information, even with a signed consent form, you may still have cause to file suit. A medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your claim and help you determine all that you may be entitled to.