When Is Consent Informed Consent?


A recent investigation by the BBC into the circumstances surrounding the death of teenager Shauna Davison revealed the importance of providing an accurate assessment of all the risks associated with proposed medical treatment.

Shauna needed treatment to replace her collapsing windpipe and her mother, Karen, was told of two previous experimental tracheal transplants which had been successful. However, this was not the whole story. Although Mrs Davison was told about the risks of organ rejection and having a general anaesthetic she was not given full information about previous tracheal transplants. The BBC discovered that 9 of the 10 patients receiving tracheal transplants had died and even the single survivor's transplant had failed just three weeks after the operation - requiring additional surgery to sustain an open airway.

The medical profession has a duty to fully disclose the risks associated with treatment so patients can make an informed choice about what treatment they receive. Understandably Mrs Davison was reported as saying she may have made a different decision about Shauna's treatment had she been fully informed.

If you have suffered loss or injury following medical treatment without being fully informed of the risks involved you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation. If you would like to discuss your circumstance on a free no obligation basis please speak to one of the solicitors in Norwich in our clinical negligence team. We can be contacted on 0800 731 8539, or .

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