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Did your doctor prevent you from giving truly informed consent?

There is a cost for all medical care. Not only do you pay for the treatment that you receive either directly to the medical care provider or indirectly by paying for insurance, but you assume some risk when you receive treatment.

Whether you undergo surgery or take prescription medicine, there are possible risks to balance out the benefits you will derive from that treatment. Every patient has to decide for themselves whether the risks of a particular medication or procedure are enough to deter them from receiving that care.

Physicians must inform patients of possible risks, poor outcomes and side effects associated with different treatments. Especially in scenarios involving unapproved or experimental care, the patient must have an understanding of the risks and provide informed consent to undergo the treatment. Did your doctor fail to give you the information necessary to make a decision and provide informed consent?

Even rare risks can affect you personally

The dangerous thing about medical procedures is that they are different for every patient. Your history and physiology are as unique as you, which makes it difficult for a doctor to predict how you will respond to treatment.

They may have done the same procedure two dozen times before without any negative consequences. However, if there is a 1% chance of a specific adverse reaction, you need to know about that risk. Simply put, you could easily be the 1% and not the 99% that handles everything well.

There is no conclusive way for your doctor to predict how you will respond to treatment or react to a procedure, which is why they should tell you in detail about any possible medical risks.

Even if you sign something, you may have a case

A doctor failing to educate you about the risks of a specific medical procedure prevents you from making an informed decision. While you may have signed a form stating that you wanted to give your informed consent for the procedure, you would need to actually know all the risks involved for that to be true.

Simply signing a form does not mean that you were informed about the risks or that the doctor has no responsibility for the consequences you suffered. A doctor who does not warn you about medical consequences ahead of time may have committed an act of medical malpractice. Recognizing less common forms of medical malpractice can help you fight back when a doctor’s mistake affects your health.