What is informed consent?

Informed consent is a term that refers to the legal permissions given to a health care professional or set of health care professionals to administer a certain treatment to a patient. The patient must be in a reasonable state of mind to give informed consent; otherwise a personal representative, such as a family member, must provide it instead. If a doctor fails to obtain informed consent from a patient but administers treatment anyway, then he or she has committed medical malpractice.

If you would like to learn more about the informed consent forms and what information they should contain, contact the Washington medical malpractice lawyers of Fuller & Fuller today at 1-800-570-4878.

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