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Rhonda Baker-Debevec | Feb 16, 2015

Doctor Fails to Explain Known Complications

Categories: Medical Malpractice

With every single medical procedure there are risks, side effects that can range from minor discomfort to acute pain for several weeks. Most of these side effects are known complications of the procedures and are explained to each patient as something to expect afterwards.

However, the idea of a ‘recognized complication’ needs to be explained to the patient in the first place. Whenever a doctor makes a diagnosis and suggests any treatment, they have to give you all your options. You might have an option for medication or even surgery. With these options, the doctor needs to explain to you what the known complications are so that you can make a decision knowing all the facts.

But when a doctor does not explain these issues properly with the patient the known complications can become a scary outcome for the patient who did not know they would endure this pain. A patient needs to be fully informed before a medical procedure so that they can make the best decision for themselves. A complication can be well known and still be an act of medical malpractice. In fact, these complications are actually another way of saying this is the rate of malpractice. These injuries may be known to doctors but are they preventable? And if so, why didn’t the doctor take the proper steps to make sure you didn’t suffer?

The trust is based on the doctor doing the right thing for you. As an example, a patient who is prescribed a medication like penicillin and denies an allergy, the doctor is not responsible when a rash occurs. But, if the doctor fails to ask about any allergies and prescribes the same penicillin, they are negligent in their job to give you the best possible healthcare. Not only did they not ask you any questions but they did not tell you of any complications that might occur regarding the medication and you’re made to suffer. You and your attorney will need to understand the difference between a mistake and a complication. You need a lawyer who is experienced in medical malpractice and can ask the right questions to make sure you’re compensated if the doctor did not act in your best interest.