What is Informed Consent?

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Except for in certain extreme circumstances, when a medical provider cares for or treats you, that provider is required to obtain your “informed consent” for the treatment/care. This means that you were given all of the information about the risks associated with the procedure/treatment that a careful provider would normally give to a patient. It also means that you made an informed decision about the treatment based on an understanding of the information provided.

Typically, the provider must advise you of the following: the type of treatment/procedure recommended, its purpose, the most likely risks and benefits associated with it, the alternative treatments/procedures and their associated risks and benefits, any non-typical but serious risks posed by the recommended treatment/procedure, and the risks associated with refusing it.

If the medical provider treats you without obtaining your informed consent, you may have a legal medical malpractice claim against that provider. For more information, contact our Ohio personal injury attorneys now for your free initial consultation.

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