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Informed Consent

You Have the Right to Know

Professionals providing any sort of health care treatment have a legal obligation to seek consent for any procedures they perform on people. If a person is not informed of the risks of the procedure he or she is consenting to, that consent is not “informed.”

At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock in Kingsburg chiropractic malpractice lawyer represents people nationwide who have suffered strokes as a result of chiropractic neck manipulations that they would never have consented to if they had been properly informed of the risks.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with experienced chiropractic malpractice lawyer Charles Rock.

Understanding Why Informed Consent Is Necessary

Normally, before you make a decision, you have the opportunity to consider the costs and risks associated with the decision and weigh them against the benefits. In medicine and related fields, the principle of informed consent means patients must be given this opportunity.

A chiropractor, just like any health care provider, must do the following before providing treatment procedures must listen to the patient; then ask questions about the patient’s comments; then think.

Most chiropractors claim that they are under no duty to seek informed consent before performing neck manipulation, even though there is a known risk of stroke.

If patients were given accurate information about the risks versus any potential benefits of chiropractic treatment, some would still choose to be treated, but some would not.

Because chiropractors do not acknowledge a duty to provide informed consent, most patients have no opportunity to make that decision for themselves, and some end up with artery damage that causes them to suffer strokes, without any warning that this could happen.

Explaining the Chiropractor’s Duty to the Jury

Generally, if you are pursuing a claim against a chiropractor for stroke injuries, the jury must decide whether the chiropractor had a duty to seek informed consent from you before performing neck manipulation, and if so, whether he or she provided adequate information.

Chiropractic malpractice attorney Charles Rock is experienced at explaining why chiropractors have a duty to notify patients of the risk of stroke and seek informed consent before performing neck manipulation. Contact us to discuss how our malpractice lawyer can help you seek fair compensation for your injuries.