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Medical malpractice is a serious offense, often the result of a doctor or other healthcare provider acting negligently or failing to uphold the standard of care, leading to mistakes such as misdiagnoses, prescription drug errors, or birth injuries. However, medical malpractice lawsuits can also occur when a doctor administers a treatment without the permission of the patient. This is known as a violation of patient consent. If you were injured by a medical professional who treated you without your permission, the skilled medical malpractice attorneys at The Simon Law Firm, P.C. will fight for your right to full and fair compensation.
The Simon Law Firm, P.C. has been advocating for injured victims since our founding in 2000 and have since obtained more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of those we serve. Contact us today at (855) 809-780 to learn more about how we can help you.
Express and Implied Consent
Consent from a patient can come in two different ways – express and implied. When a patient explicitly provides permission for a treatment to be performed, this is considered express consent. This form of consent is generally in writing and required for surgeries. Surgeries cannot be completed unless this document, which must also include a list of potential complications, is read and signed by the patient.
Implied consent is consent that is assumed in certain circumstances. If a patient visits the doctor and receives a flu shot after his or her doctor suggests it, this is considered implied consent and does not warrant a signature or statement. Doctors also have the right to treat unconscious patients in emergency situations where no medical proxy is present.
A violation of patient consent can apply in many situations. For example, if a doctor performs an additional non-emergency surgery that a patient has not given express consent for, this would be a violation. Another example of such a violation would be if a complication occurred during a surgical procedure that was not listed as a potential risk on the consent form the patient signed.
If you were treated without providing proper consent and harmed due to the treatment you received, you might have grounds to file a civil claim against the doctor, the hospital, or both to pursue compensation for the costs associated with injuries you sustained. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs. We encourage you to reach out to our knowledgeable St. Louis legal team as soon as possible to learn more about your options.
Legal Help for Victims of Medical Malpractice in St. Louis & Nationwide
If you believe you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim, it’s crucial to contact an experienced and skilled personal injury attorney to get started on your case and secure the compensation you need and deserve. At The Simon Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully represented victims of medical malpractice across the United States and would be honored to do the same for you.
Do not hesitate to contact our national medical malpractice law firm today at (314) 241-2929 to schedule a free consultation with a skilled member of our team.