We rely on medical professionals to provide us with all the information we need to enable us to make decisions about treatment, but what do you do if your GP or other medical professional doesn’t keep you informed? Doctors should always ensure their patients give full informed consent for every treatment or procedure. When undergoing a medical procedure, you will normally have to sign a consent form, or give verbal consent you understand and accept the risks involved. Your doctor should ensure you are informed of any ‘significant’ or ‘material’ risks – this can vary between individuals. For example, straightforward foot surgery could carry more risk to a professional footballer than to someone who works in an office. After you have been informed of any risks, you should be given an adequate amount of time to make a decision about your treatment. If surgery has been carried out and something has gone wrong, you’ll be left feeling angry, confused and upset, particularly if you have not been advised about the potential for this to happen. If you were not informed of the risks or complications and did not give informed consent, you could claim compensation for failure to obtain consent.
Next steps to claiming medical negligence compensation
If you feel that surgery or other treatment has been carried out without your informed consent, you may be eligible to claim compensation for failure to obtain consent. A personal injury lawyer will be able to discuss the situation with you in more detail, to clarify what has happened and establish that medical negligence has occurred. Independent experts in the medical field in question may be consulted to provide evidence in support of your case and the settlement you receive will take into account any pain and suffering caused, as well as ongoing expenses relating to your injury and any loss of earnings as a result of time off work.
Experienced personal injury solicitors
It’s important to choose a solicitor with experience handling personal injury claims. With many years of experience in the industry, Accident Advice Helpline has successfully helped hundreds of customers claim compensation for medical negligence. However, you have suffered as a result of failure to obtain consent, we can help and because our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, there are no fees to worry about when your claim is submitted. We believe you should be compensated for pain and suffering caused as a result of medical negligence, so call our freephone helpline to speak to one of our expert lawyers today.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown