Holding Doctors Accountable for Failure to Inform
Have you emerged from surgery or anesthesia with injuries, only to be told after the fact that your injuries were a normal risk of the procedure? Are you wondering why you weren’t told this before you agreed to the procedure? If so, you may have a claim for medical malpractice.
I’m Mike George, an experienced Pittsburgh personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer. If you’ve been injured during a medical procedure, I may be able to help you get money damages for the harm done to you. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation.
Insisting on Appropriate Information About Procedures
In Pennsylvania, doctors and other medical professionals are required to get your consent before performing any surgical or anesthetic procedure on your body. What’s more, that consent must be “informed.” You must know what the doctor is going to do and what the range of likely consequences are.
If you were injured during surgery or anesthesia, and the doctor did not get your informed consent, you may be entitled to compensation, even if the doctor followed all other professional standards in doing the procedure.
All medical procedures have risks, and the laws requiring informed consent are meant to ensure that you know about the risks of a procedure before you agree to have it performed on you.
Understanding Pennsylvania’s Unique Laws
Pennsylvania has unique informed consent laws, and the standards that apply in other states may not apply here. In addition, informed consent in Pennsylvania is covered by the medical malpractice laws, which place certain restrictions and time limits on claims.
If you believe you may have an informed consent claim, don’t hesitate to contact me to get a skilled assessment of your case from a knowledgeable attorney.