“Informed consent” as it pertains to the medical field means
receiving information about and understanding your health condition and
the treatment options available to you and voluntarily choosing which
health care treatment or procedure you want to receive.
But informed consent goes way beyond any simple textbook definition. Informed
consent can be the difference between life and death. It is imperative
that every individual understands what it means to give informed consent
and be empowered with the full knowledge of their medical options to avoid
unfavorable outcomes when faced with medical decisions.
Informed consent is the process by which a health care provider discloses
information to a patient so that the patient can make a voluntary decision
concerning what medical treatment or procedure they would like to receive.
Every patient in the care of a health care provider has the legal right
to direct what happens to his or her body.
This imposes a strict ethical duty upon a physician to keep their patient
involved in the process of decision-making throughout the duration of
their health care. This means keeping the patient updated on the current
status of their condition, informing the patient of what measure the physician
may or may not take, the treatment options available to the patient and
the potential outcomes of utilizing a particular treatment over another.
This ensures that no patient is uninformed when it comes to their treatment
and has full control over their health care treatment or procedure.
What Happens When You Give Your Doctor Informed Consent
When giving your care physician your informed consent, the specific treatment
or surgery you decide to undergo is strictly what the doctor needs to
abide by. If your care physician in any way deviates from the chosen path,
this could result in unwanted outcomes and possibly lay the groundwork
for a legitimate negligence or
medical malpractice claim on your behalf.
The key is to stay informed and stay in the know. Ask questions, ensure
that you stay notified on the status of your condition to be safe and
get a checkup after you undergo a specific treatment or procedure to make
sure your care physician did exactly what you instructed them to.
Do you have any questions involving informed consent? Or do you feel that
your care physician may have implemented a medical treatment or procedure
without your consent? If so, find out more from an Orlando personal injury
lawyer at Todd Miner Law for a
free consultation today.