Philadelphia Lack of Informed Consent Attorneys
One of a patient’s most fundamental rights is the right to informed consent before any kind of medical treatment can begin. When this right is ignored, patients often feel afraid and violated. Worse, they can suffer from painful and even life-threatening injuries that they were never warned about. There is no valid reason why a healthcare worker would overlook this right.
Philadelphia lack of informed consent lawyers Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., care deeply about all the rights to which patients are entitled. If you or a loved one has sought medical care only to be mistreated, we can help. Call our offices at .
What is Informed Consent?
Informed consent is the legal concept that protects everyone’s right to decide what happens to their own bodies. It is composed of three basic parts:
- The right to full information about your health and options. At any time, you should be able to access your medical information so you can know what is going on with your health. When doctors propose a treatment plan, they need to let you know its chances of working and any potential side effects.
- The right to decide what happens to you. Healthcare workers must check with you before starting any kind of treatment. You can refuse any treatment if you feel it is too dangerous or too painful, or for any other personal reason.
- The right to choose a healthcare proxy. If you are unable to speak for yourself, you can name a trusted friend or relative to speak for you. This proxy will have the same rights that you would if you were capable of giving consent.
If your rights have been violated by a medical professional, an experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney can explain your best options.
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