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.

Do You Think You May Have A Medical Malpractice Claim?

If you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.