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Get Informed about Informed Consent from an Experienced Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorney

You rely on your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis and to explain your possible treatment options to you if you have cancer. While you likely take your doctor’s opinions into account when deciding on cancer treatment, it is not your doctor who gets to decide how to treat you. It is you.

Prior to providing any cancer treatment, your doctor must obtain your informed consent. If your doctor fails to obtain your informed consent, you are hurt, and you would not have chosen the treatment had you been properly informed then it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City medical malpractice attorney for help.

What is Informed Consent?

Doctors are required to get your informed consent in Kansas, Missouri, and throughout the United States because it only you who can decide what should happen to your body, assuming you are of sound mind to make such a decision. Someone who does something that you do not want to your body would be violating your rights. Informed consent is not the same as a doctor saying, “we are going to start chemotherapy, ok?” The informed part of informed consent in Kansas City and other locations means that you need to be told:
 
  • What is being proposed.
  • The reasonably anticipated benefits andrisks of the proposed treatment.
  • Whether alternative treatments exist and what the benefits and risks of those treatments might be for you.

How a Kansas City Medical Malpractice Lawyer May Help

If you have been provided treatment without your informed consent, if you suffered harm from that treatment, and if you would not have chosen that treatment had you known the risks of treatment and alternatives available to you then you should promptly contact a Kansas City medical malpractice attorney who may be able to help you with your recovery.

For more information about informed consent and medical malpractice, please read our FREE book, The Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims, and please call an experienced Kansas malpractice attorney today at (816) 471- 5111 or (888) 348-2616.
 
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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