When you seek the care of a doctor or other medical professional, you expect that person to provide a certain degree of competent care. This is especially important if you’re dealing with a serious medical condition, and it’s ultimately up to you to decide which treatment option you would like to take. In this scenario, your physician needs to provide you with all of the information you need to make a sound decision.
When doctors do their job in disclosing these options, patients are empowered to choose the course of action that works best for their needs and circumstances, with some peace of mind. However, at times physicians may fail to adequately provide patients with all of their options and the risks involved, which could lead individuals to make uniformed, poor decisions on the treatments they would like to undergo. When this occurs, it could constitute a type of medical malpractice called “failure to warn.”
A doctor or health care professional who fails to properly warn a patient about various treatment options and their risks could lead that person down a path he or she normally wouldn’t take. Physicians have a responsibility to make sure patients are well informed, using their unique training, education and experience. Thus, medical malpractice could be a factor not only when doctors act negligently, but also when they fail to take action that a reasonable and competent medical professional would have.
When it comes to providing informed consent for various types of treatments, it’s important that you know all of your options. If you believe a medical professional failed to warn you or a loved one of a particular treatment, meet with a compassionate medical malpractice attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire in California.