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Claims Involving the Lack of Informed Consent

While you are on vacation aboard a cruise liner, you depend upon the ship’s medical personnel to administer any medical treatment that you or your family may require. Should the situation ever arise, medical professionals must obtain your informed consent before they begin any course of treatment. When they fail to do so and you are subsequently injured, the responsible medical professional may be held liable for your resulting pain and suffering.

Lack of Informed Consent Claims

As a means of protecting their patients’ autonomy, medical professionals are generally expected to obtain the informed consent of their patients before they administer a course of treatment. To obtain your informed consent, your doctor must ensure the all the following conditions have been met:

  • That you are aware of the nature of the treatment or decision
  • That you are aware of any alternative treatments
  • That you are aware of both the risks and benefits of the treatment
  • That you fully understand the proposed treatment
  • That you expressly approve of the treatment

Without obtaining informed consent from you, there are only a handful of rare emergency situations that any medical professional may engage in a course of treatment.

Consult with a Lack of Informed Consent Attorney

If a medical professional failed to obtain informed consent from you or a loved one before administering a course of treatment, you should speak with one of the lack of informed consent attorneys with Louis A. Vucci, P.A., to begin what legal actions may be available to you. To discuss the particulars of your claim with one of our cruise ship injury attorneys, please call our offices at (786) 375-0344 today.