One of the most common reasons for bringing a dental malpractice lawsuit is a dentist’s failure to obtain informed consent from the patient prior to administering a treatment. Patients are entitled to receive a clear explanation of the treatment, the potential risks of the treatment versus no treatment, and whether there are alternatives. When a dentist fails to properly inform a patient about any of these matters, he or she has failed to fulfill a duty of care and could be liable for malpractice in the event of an injury. At MeehanLaw, LLC, our Bridgeport dental malpractice lawyers are deeply familiar with the rules of informed consent in dentistry and have handled numerous injury claims involving this issue. You can trust us to investigate the circumstances of your case and hold your dentist accountable if you were deprived of informed consent.
Informed consent is what a dentist (or a doctor) must receive from a patient before treating that patient. Both types of medical professionals are required to inform patients of their diagnoses and ensure they understand the procedure being recommended, the benefits and risks of treatment, and the benefits and risks of alternatives before consenting to a course of treatment. The dentist obtains informed consent through a dialogue in which patient and dentist discuss the situation and agree on a plan.
To obtain informed consent from a patient, a dentist must satisfy several requirements:
Typically, having a patient sign a written, blanket consent form is not sufficient. The dentist needs to have a genuine discussion with the patient and explain all the details. The dentist may then have the patient sign a consent form, but it should include customized language that addresses that patient’s specific needs. If you were injured by a dental treatment and denied the right to give informed consent before undergoing the procedure, we will advocate for your rights to full compensation.
From our Bridgeport office, MeehanLaw, LLC represent clients throughout Connecticut who were injured through dental malpractice. If your dentist subjected you to a procedure without informing you of the risks and you were injured, we will advise you on the potential for filing a lawsuit. Schedule a confidential consultation by calling 203-333-1888 or contacting us online today.