In general, there are no guarantees of medical results. An unanticipated or unsuccessful result from medical treatment or surgery does not, in itself, mean that medical malpractice has been committed. Nonetheless, if you believe you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, you should meet with an experienced attorney at Richard A. Shallcross & Associates, PLLC in Tulsa, OK, as soon as possible to discuss the facts of your case and receive a professional evaluation of your situation.
Richard A. Shallcross & Associates handles most medical malpractice claims on a contingency basis. This means that you will not pay attorney fees until we help you recover compensation for your injuries.
In many situations where medical care or treatment is provided to an individual, medical professionals are required to obtain the patient’s “informed consent.” Although the specific definition of informed consent may vary from state to state, it means essentially that the patient has made a knowing decision about a medical treatment or procedure after a doctor or other health care professional discloses all the information a reasonably prudent medical provider would give to a patient regarding the risks involved in the proposed treatment or procedure. If the health care provider fails to obtain informed consent, the patient may have a legal claim for damages. An experienced medical malpractice attorney at Richard A. Shallcross & Associates, PLLC in Tulsa, OK, can help you determine whether you have a claim and represent your interests throughout the legal process.
The concept of informed consent is based on the principle that a patient has the right to prevent unauthorized contact with his or her person and, thus, a physician has a duty to disclose information to the patient so that he or she can make a reasoned decision regarding treatment, based on an understanding of the treatment to be provided. In certain situations, informed consent is an absolute necessity. For example, in medical trials or experiments that receive federal funding, informed consent must be obtained from any human participant or subject.