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Eugene, Oregon Medical Malpractice – Informed Consent

Entering into the surgical theater is a sacred bond of trust between patient and physician. There is a good reason the law protects patients during and after medical procedures so thoroughly: surgery is dangerous and invasive. Mistakes made here can change lives forever.

Can a Eugene Malpractice Lawyer Help?

Imagine for a moment you go into for a routine tonsillectomy. As you wake up, you begin to panic: something has gone wrong. You are unable to speak. Without your consent, the surgeon has decided to do further surgery on your throat. “It seemed like it was better to get it done while I was in there, rather than have to put you through prep and anesthesia all over again, right?” Well, you think it isn’t right. You think you might might have a medical malpractice case. Where can you turn?

Malpractice Lawyers Know What Makes a Good Case

Your qualified medical malpractice lawyer knows what makes up informed consent. Failure to notify you of the nature, risks, benefits, and alternatives to a given medical procedure might expose a physician to medical malpractice liability, especially if the failure to obtain informed consent precedes complications.

The Nature

Surgery involves altering the human body in a way that cannot be reversed. Understanding the full scope of a surgery’s potential effects is a necessary component of being informed. If you are rushed into a medical decision before you are fully aware of the nature of the procedure in question, you might have a medical malpractice case.

The Risks

Everyone knows surgery comes with risk. Pain, disfigurement, infection, paralysis… all of these can result from an unsuccessful procedure. Nevertheless, sometimes the benefits outweigh these risks. In order to make this decision in an informed manner, it is necessary that the physician proposing a procedure fully outline all possible risks associated with it.

The Benefits

Another way a physician might commit malpractice involves a failure to advise a patient of a a beneficial procedure, or a procedure that would normally be considered to be the standard of care. If another similarly qualified physician would have recommended a beneficial treatment but your physician failed to and that failure resulted in additional pain and suffering, you may have a medical malpractice case.

The Alternatives

Sometimes, there is more than one way to address a medical issue. When a physician fails to recommend alternative treatments, there is a possibility of missing a remedy to existing pain, suffering, or illness. A physician who misses these alternative opens themselves up to liability.

Eugene, Oregon Medical Malpractice – Informed Consent

Do not be the victim of failure to obtain informed consent malpractice situation. Take control today. You might not have know what you were getting yourself into when you went on the surgical table, but with the help of Eugene, Oregon medical malpractice attorneys Veralrud and Fowler, you can receive compensation from the problems caused by failure to obtain informed consent. Call Veralrud and Fowler today for a free consultation.

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