Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney
Before your doctor performs any procedure on you, he has an obligation to obtain “informed consent.” Broadly speaking, he must obtain your consent to perform the procedure, but must provide you with enough information that your consent is informed with regard to understanding the procedure itself, its purpose, its likely outcome, and – most important – the risks of the procedure.
Typical risks of surgeries, for example, include the risk of infection, blood clot and bleeding. Typical risks of anesthesia include allergic reaction, lung damage and death. Just exactly how much information should be disclosed and in…