Doctors attend schools for 12 or more years in order to learn everything they can about how to care for people. Nurses, nurse practitioners and other people in the healthcare field also attend school and are expected to have a number of certifications and training in order to best serve people. While doctors and other medical professionals are performing at a high level, occasionally, mistakes do happen. When those mistakes result in a patient’s injury, that’s a big problem.
Unnecessary injury is a reality in the healthcare field. While there isn’t generally any malicious intent behind these errors and injuries, it can be just as devastating to the injured and their family. In some instances of care, a provider like a doctor or other hospital staff fails to properly inform a patient of their recommended or performed treatment options and their potential benefits and any risks associated with the treatment plan. Beyond that, criminal charges could be recommended in cases in which unauthorized care caused injury.
A doctor, or similar medical professional, who fails to get a patient’s informed consent for non-emergency treatment could be charged with a civil, or potentially criminal, offenses such as a battery or assault due to unauthorized touching of the patient’s person. While criminal complaints may be a bit of a stretch, it doesn’t take away the basis that a doctor was careless in their treatment plan or misdiagnosis. Being treated and not being made aware of the potential risks is something that could cause a person to make the wrong decision with their care, causing potentially irreparable injury.
In short, unauthorized care on behalf of an Allegheny county physician could lead a person to make the wrong decision about their medical care. It could ultimately lead them down a dark and harrowing road that can have a negative impact on a person’s health. The ripple effect is potentially huge affecting every facet of a person’s life including work life, personal life and, of course, a person’s health. Damages can be sought in instances where a patient has suffered injury due to doctor’s unauthorized care.
Source: injury.findlaw.com, “Gross Negligence and ‘Informed Consent’,” Accessed Nov 6, 2017