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Informed Consent and Medical Malpractice

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Informed consent is a critical component of a patient’s healthcare. Informed consent is when a patient grants the healthcare provider permission for medical treatment with the full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits. If a healthcare provider does not fully explain the risks of a procedure, such as surgery or medication regimen, and the patient is injured in the course of treatment, then the patient may file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you or your loved one were injured by a healthcare provider due to a lack of informed consent, the medical malpractice lawyers at Regan Zambri Long can help you collect the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers are routinely named among the “Best Lawyers in America” and have secured millions for clients in the past. We are confident we can do the same for you. We offer a free consultation where you can discuss your claim with a seasoned medical malpractice attorney explore every option you may have. Call today.

What Are the Standards for Informed Consent?

Doctors Hospital Corridor Nurse Pushing Gurney Stretcher Bed - Failure to Treat AttorneysWhile the basic idea of informed consent is uniform in the DC Metro Area and across the United States, the individual standards of informed consent vary slightly in every jurisdiction. The Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice attorneys take cases in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

Our lawyers are deeply knowledgeable in the medical malpractice laws in each state. We will use our knowledge of the laws and court systems to secure maximum compensation for you and your family.

Maryland’s standards of informed consent

According to Maryland’s common law doctrine of informed consent, a patient must be a “mentally competent adult” who can give or withhold consent to medical treatment after being given a fair and reasonable explanation of the proposed treatment. In Maryland, every adult is presumed to be competent. A patient must be able to do three things to be considered capable of making an informed decision:

Virginia’s standards of informed consent

The state of Virginia puts the burden of informed consent on the healthcare provider. Virginia law states that healthcare providers must:

Washington DC’s standards of informed consent

informed consent and medical malpracticeWashington DC enforces strict laws on healthcare providers regarding informed consent. Practitioners must:

Medical Malpractice Lawyers You Can Trust

patrick reganAt Regan Zambri Long, we understand that a medical injury could change the victim’s life forever. Permanent damage can leave the victim unable to work, return to their everyday routine, or simply function normally. In short, medical injuries can be devastating to a victim and their families. Unfortunately, our attorneys have seen countless medical injuries happen because of negligence and we don’t think it’s fair. It isn’t fair that someone else’s negligence turned your life upside down. We are here to help.

When you work with a Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice lawyer, your lawyer will take the following steps to secure fair compensation:

Determine liability: We will work to determine who is liable for your medical injury. In many cases, a single patient may have several doctors working on their case. Your attorney will determine if one or more healthcare providers failed to properly inform you about the risks of your procedure. We will pursue damages against all at-fault parties.

Decide the damages: There is no single estimate of how much you will receive for a medical malpractice claim. The settlement amount largely depends on the severity of your injuries. However, your Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice lawyer will pursue:

Build the case: Our medical malpractice attorneys work with a team of medical consultants who will help us understand what is informed consent and what a reasonable doctor would have done in the same situation. We will use medical records, photos, video, and expert witnesses to secure the highest possible settlement.

File the claim: The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Maryland and Washington DC is three years. In Virginia, the victim only has two years to file the claim. When you work with a Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice lawyer, we will handle the paperwork for you. Your only job will be to make a complete recovery. We will make sure the paperwork is filed correctly and on time.

We understand we cannot change what happened to you. However, we know we can make a difference in how you move forward from here. Contact our medical malpractice lawyers today for a free case evaluation to get the claims process started.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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