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Lack of informed consent


Pittsburgh residents usually visit their doctor regularly. Most people don't have major issues but when a procedure needs to be done informed consent is usually required. When there is a lack of informed consent patients can be injured and surgical errors that are not expected may occur.

In Pennsylvania informed consent is required before surgical procedures and administering anesthesia, radiation, chemotherapy, blood transfusions, insertion of surgical device and experimental medications. It includes the physician performing the procedure to disclose all of the facts, risks and alternatives to the procedure that is about to be performed. A lack of informed consent for a patient can arise if they did not receive informed consent and if they would have received the informed consent it would have made a difference in the procedure that they went through.

A patient who does not receive informed consent may not know what the risks are of a certain procedure and therefore may suffer from unexpected injury. If this occurs a family may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney has extensive knowledge in informed consent and can guide a family through what happened and get answers. If negligence on the part of the medical provider has occurred, they can hold that provider accountable. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Informed consent it a very important part of a patient's medical rights. When informed consent is not received a patient may suffer from an unexpected injury or even death.

Source: physiciansnews.com, "Informed consent: What every Pennsylvania physician needs to know," Accessed Nov. 4, 2015

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