What Is Informed Consent?
When you go to the hospital for treatment you typically expect that your doctor will do everything to keep you well and up to date on your treatment. But maybe your lawyer didn’t tell you everything before treating you.
You may have given your consent to be treated, but that doesn’t mean the doctor was acting ethically and with care for your safety. If you suspect your doctor didn’t provide the care they were supposed to, reach out to a personal injury lawyer at Anderson & Anderson for help.
Defining Informed Consent
First, what is informed consent? When you consent to treatment, you don’t consent to any treatment the doctor chooses. Your doctor should instead discuss your treatment before they ever begin.
Unfortunately, doctors don’t always take the right precautions. Your doctor may have instead treated you with certain drugs without informing you of the dangerous side effects you may experience. In other cases, you may have been given invasive, unnecessary exams that left you in distress and pain. If your doctor didn’t seek your explicit consent, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Can I Sue if I Didn’t Give Informed Consent?
Here’s the good news—you may have grounds for a lawsuit if your doctor failed to seek informed consent. Your doctor disregarded your right to know how you’re being treated for your injury or illness, and you suffered for it.
If you believe you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against your doctor, you may need to speak with your lawyer first. Medical malpractice claims can be complex, between filing a notice of claim and acting with the time limits. In addition, you may need to sue the hospital or a physician’s group rather than the doctor themselves. Fortunately, your lawyer can help you take your next steps.
Compensation for Your Claim
When you’re hurt by your doctor, you may have grounds for compensation. But what is your compensation worth?
If you’ve been hurt by a doctor, you may be eligible for compensation that covers the losses and hardships you suffered because of your doctor’s actions. These losses are sometimes called damages. They are either economic or non-economic, and they cover your financial, mental, and emotional costs.
Make sure you include all the damages you’re eligible for. If you don’t, you may settle for less, leading you to receive less compensation than you’re due. Below are just some of the damages you may seek if you’re hurt by your doctor:
Connect with a Florida Malpractice Lawyer
When you’ve faced issues with lack of consent in your medical care, you may have trouble getting compensated fairly for the damages you’ve suffered. Getting compensation for medical malpractice won’t be easy. Fortunately, the lawyers at Anderson & Anderson are here to make it easier.
If you were injured or made ill because your doctor didn’t seek out informed consent, reach out for help. Your lawyer can start with a free consultation, where we’ll discuss your options and what we can do to help you. Give us a call at 813-251-0072, or complete the following online contact form.