Failure to Inform
Though the rise of websites devoted to educating laypersons about a variety of different medical concerns has begun to complicate the landscape a little bit, one of the few areas in which people have long been wholly at the mercy of a professional’s advice is the practice of medicine. While most of us can explain or demonstrate what ails us when we become injured or sick, we are at a loss to determine the cause or appropriate course of treatment. Proper diagnosis and treatment is in the realm of the physician.
A patient has the right to be fully informed about both the benefits and the potential adverse effects of a surgery or treatment plan, and the failure to secure informed consent is a violation of the law. Let the Des Moines failure to inform lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. help you secure the financial compensation that you may be due to address additional medical expenses or other damages sustained that would have been avoided if you had been given full disclosure. Contact us at (515) 225-2600.
The reason that informed consent is so important is that it offers a patient the only opportunity that he or she and family members will have to fully evaluate the totality of the circumstances before agreeing to a course of treatment that could result in temporary or permanent harm. You might change your mind about a particular course of treatment if you are provided with information such as:
- Potential complications of a successful surgery
- Rates of treatment success
- Length of recovery and typical pain and other consequences during the recovery period
- Medications to be administered
- Specific problems if there are mistakes made in the administration of treatment
You deserved to know about all the potential consequences of your healthcare decisions. Contact the Des Moines physician malpractice lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 if your physician did not obtain informed consent.