New Jersey Lack of Informed Consent Lawyers
When you visit a doctor for diagnosis of and treatment for an injury or illness, the physician is legally required to discuss with you his or her findings and the proposed method of treatment. This exchange of information must happen before you can provide informed consent, which indicates that you understand what will happen and gives the doctor permission to treat you.
When a physician fails to obtain informed consent from you but performs treatment anyway, then you may be able to make a lack of informed consent claim. The NJ lack of informed consent lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can help you explore and assert your legal rights. Contact us today by calling 800-346-5529.
Elements of an Informed Consent Form
Informed consent forms, on the whole, should contain the following pieces of information:
- An explanation of the condition with which you have been diagnosed
- An explanation of the proposed method(s) of treatment
- All risks and benefits associated with the proposed method(s) of treatment
- Explanations of any alternative treatment options available
- The risks and benefits associated with each of the alternative treatments
- The risks and benefits associated with not accepting any treatment at all
All of these elements must be provided to the patient before he or she can sign the informed consent form. By signing this document, the patient indicates that he or she comprehends the situation and gives the doctor permission to administer treatment. Without an approved informed consent form, the doctor is not legally allowed to provide care.
If you have suffered injury or illness from a procedure performed on you without informed consent, then you may have the right to claim damages. Contact the NJ medical malpractice attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. today at 800-346-5529 to learn more about your legal rights and options.