Establishing Informed Consent
Communication between a health professional and a patient is a vital component of the healthcare system. Informed consent is an important cornerstone to that relationship, but it is an aspect that is often misunderstood. Informed consent is necessarily more than a patient’s signature on a form. Simply obtaining a signature is not enough; it is the responsibility of a medical professional to communicate with a patient about their condition and the options they have. Failure to establish informed consent can have grave consequences for a medical professional.
If you are being accused of failing to establish informed consent and risk the loss of your professional license, contact the Texas medical license defense lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm by calling 512-495-9995 today to discuss your situation with a committed and capable legal representative.
Informed Consent Criteria
When evaluating an allegation that a physician failed to properly secure informed consent from a patient or the authorized proxy, the following considerations are assessed:
- Whether all steps of treatments and procedures were conveyed
- Whether a patient was informed of available alternatives
- Whether a patient was advised of the risks and benefits of a given treatment
It is important that medical professionals have a somewhat standardized routine for ensuring that all of these requirements will be met. Documentation is necessary because this can help you to demonstrate in your license defense that a disgruntled patient’s claims are baseless.
The Texas medical license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm are committed to helping our clients to protect their reputation and livelihood. Do not hesitate to seek legal counsel if you have been accused of failing to obtain informed consent. Contact us at 512-495-9995.