Living Wills and Medical Malpractice
A living will a common type of advanced directive that serves as a guide for how to conduct medical care in the event that an individual becomes incapacitated and unable to make his or her wishes known. Frequently, living wills stipulate the level of care a person is comfortable receiving in the event of a medical emergency. If a doctor intentionally violates an individual’s living will, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice.
If you or someone you know has experienced emotional distress because of a doctor’s failure to comply with a relative’s living will, it is important that you understand your legal options. Contact the Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys at the Abel Law Firm today by calling (405) 239-7046 to discuss the details of your case.
Common Stipulations of Living Wills
The contents of a living will vary significantly from person to person. In some cases, a person with an incurable disease may not want medical professional to conduct any life-saving measures, such as CPR, life support, or the use of breathing machines.
In other cases, an individual may have detailed descriptions of measures they are and are not comfortable with, in addition to medications they wish to receive. In some cases, the individual belongs to a religious faith that sets forth a standard level of medical care that is appropriate for its followers.
When making a living will, it is important to discuss its contents with your family and primary healthcare provider. This will help ensure that there are no surprises for your family, and it increases the likelihood that your wishes will be followed in the event of an emergency.
If you or a loved one’s living will has been knowingly violated by a medical professional, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice. To learn more, contact the experienced Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046.