Did You Know What You Were Getting Into Prior to Surgery?

Pennsylvania law generally requires that a patient provide informed consent to an operation before it occurs. Informed consent is not the same thing as consent. It is not enough for you to say, “yes, go ahead with the operation.”

Before those words have any legal meaning, you must be informed about:

  • The procedure about to be done to you;
  • The risks of the procedure; and
  • Any reasonable alternatives to the procedure.

While there are exceptions to the informed consent rule, most notably in emergency situations, it is important for everyone to be aware of the information to which they are entitled before they need it.

You should expect your doctor to give you the information that you need to make a reasonable decision. If your doctor does not obtain your informed consent prior to surgery, your case does not fit into an exception to the informed consent rule, and you suffered a physical injury then you may be entitled to damages.

Do doctors always take the time to get your informed consent? Do you think the informed consent rule is useful? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.