In order for a patient to be able to make appropriate decisions about whether or not they will undergo a proposed form of treatment, it is clearly necessary that they be aware of certain information relating to the treatment. Therefore, all doctors and other medical professionals are required under the law to provide their patient with the details of any proposed course of treatment, including issues such as alternative treatment options, potential complications and the likelihood that they may occur, the recovery process, and any other factors which may have relevance for the patient’s decision-making process. This is known as informed consent.
Unfortunately, not all medical professionals adequately communicate this information to their patients. In some cases, this can lead to patients suffering serious injuries or medical complications as a result of their lack of information regarding the treatment. In these situations, medical professionals can be held financially liable for the costs of these injuries with the help of medical malpractice lawyers.