Failure to provide evidence of informed consent

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Informed Consent
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam

Failure to Provide Evidence of Informed Consent

Medical professionals have a duty of care to tell you everything you need to know about any treatments, procedures or medications that you might undertake. If they don’t and you get sick, they are liable for your illness. We understand that falling ill because of someone else’s failure is frustrating and unfair, which is why we’re here to help you claim compensation.

Our expert medical negligence solicitors will be by your side, supporting you throughout your claim. Your wellbeing is our top priority, so we will do everything we can to make sure you get the result you need to get on the road to recovery and move forward.

Guidance and Support When You Need it Most

When you’re ill and you seek advice from a medical professional, they are responsible for telling you all about treatments, the risks of those treatments and any alternatives they can offer you. If they don’t do this, they have not got what is medically known as your ‘informed consent’ to proceed with treatment.

Medical practitioners who fail to inform you of everything they need to are breaching their duty of care. Not only this but if they don’t tell you all the risks of treatment or medication, then they can be held responsible if you become sicker as a result.

Our team understands that suffering because of a medical professional’s error can be devastating. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve and need to get your life moving in the right direction again.

Not only can we provide you with top-quality legal advice, but we will also support you when you need it most. We approach every case with sensitivity because we know what you’re going through and want you to be comfortable.

Your health and wellbeing are very important, so we’ll do everything we can to make you feel at ease when you come to us. Let us help you look forward to a brighter future.

What is Informed Consent?

If a doctor or other medical professional has treated you without telling you everything you need to know it might have negatively affected your health. We can help you to get back on your feet if this has happened to you.

So what does giving ‘informed consent’ actually mean? Well, it means that:

  • Your doctor must give you all the information about the treatment, and
  • You must make the decision to go ahead without influence from someone else

If you weren’t informed of the exact treatment you were given and allowed to make an independent decision before you received it, then you can’t legally have given your consent.

Medical Professionals’ Duty of Care

Before you agree to any treatment, a medical professional must let you have all the details you need to make an informed decision. This means they have to inform you of any risks, side effects and alternatives as well as making sure you fully understand how the treatment will go ahead.

For example, if your doctor suggests prescribing you anti-depressants they have to give you the full picture of how they might help you, but also tell you anything which could have a negative affect on you, too. If some of the side effects are things like nausea or insomnia then your doctor should make you aware of this.

Another example may be that you are due to undergo surgery on your leg but are not told that there is a chance of blood clots developing during the procedure. This sort of risk may make you want to consider alternatives, so your doctor should make you aware of this unless there is no other option than to have the surgery.

For both of these examples the doctors must get the patient’s informed consent by making the patient aware of all risks, side effects and possible alternatives. If they don’t, and it negatively affects the patient, then they are liable for the damage they’ve caused.

We Can Help You Look Forward to Your Future

We understand that if a medical professional has failed to get your informed consent and it has caused more damage to your health, you feel betrayed and angry. That’s why we want to help you get compensated. Our team have helped many people get their lives back on track after suffering because of a medical practitioner’s failure to tell them everything they should have before treatment.

Receiving treatment without being fully informed about it is unacceptable. We can help you look forward to your future by holding the medical practitioner who failed you accountable, and getting you the compensation you need to live comfortably again.

We understand that the last thing on your mind is claiming compensation, however it can help you have time to recover in peace without having to stress out about money. You’ll be able to take time off work without financial worries weighing you down, and can be compensated for any additional treatment or medication you have had to pay for.

We want to help you move past what happened and look forward to a bright future.

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