Dentists, like doctors, cannot just perform medical procedures on you without getting your permission first. Not only does a dentist have to get your consent before performing dental work on you, but the dentist also must obtain informed consent.
Informed consent means that the procedure, its risks, and its benefits are explained to you. For example, a dentist can’t just ask if he has your permission to do a root canal. He must explain what a root canal is, why he wants to do it, what the risks are to you, and what other options you may have that you could pursue instead of the root canal. This way, you can actually make an intelligent choice about whether you want to undergo the procedure or not.
If a dentist fails to obtain informed consent prior to performing a procedure on you, this can be a form of dental medical malpractice. You may be entitled to compensation from the dentists because of this malpractice. A Cleveland dental medical malpractice lawyer can help you to understand your rights and take action against the dentist in situations where a procedure is performed without informed consent.
To learn more about your rights after dental negligence, contact Mellino Law Firm today at (440) 333-3800.