Informed consent is the idea that a patient must agree to or “give consent” to treatment after being adequately informed about the treatment and having the opportunity to raise questions about it. Adults and all people over the age of 18 can give informed consent for themselves; however, anyone under the age of 18 is not able to give consent, and their parents or legal guardian must provide consent. When you sign informed consent, you are signing that you received all the necessary information about the different options, you have the opportunity to ask questions to gain a better understanding of the treatment then you sign the consent form saying you consent to either all the treatment or just some aspects of it. You should look at informed consent as a time to get all \ of your questions answered, do not sign the form unless you are 100% sure you are ready, and never sign the form without having a conversation with your doctor first. Informed consent is to protect the patients by ensuring they have all the information necessary to make an informed decision about their health, and it protects the healthcare providers by having proof that they did their job. Although informed consent is a good system, it is not perfect, and things can still happen that may result in a lawsuit. So, if you require a medical malpractice lawyer on Long Island, then try Tannenbaum, Bellantone, and Silver, P.C.
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