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The general definition of informed consent is when a treating physician or other healthcare provider must inform their patients of all potential risks, side effects, benefits, and alternatives before performing any course of medical treatment, including surgical procedures or prescribing new medications.
The healthcare provider is usually expected to obtain a written copy of the patient’s consent in order to move forward with treatment. However, proof of consent varies by state. Indiana healthcare providers are not required by law to obtain written consent. However, most facilities do obtain written consent, as it provides them with protection against any potential medical malpractice lawsuits.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you build a case and fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.