Wisconsin Bill AB 139: Proposed Law Threatens to Decrease Patient Access to Medical Information

Previant Law Firm

A proposed bill pending in Wisconsin’s state legislature stands to significantly impact a patient’s choices and safety while they are being treated by healthcare professionals. Bill AB 139 changes Wisconsin’s informed consent law regarding medical treatments. State law presently requires medical professionals to inform their patients of all types of alternate, viable treatments available to treat their medical conditions, including the risks and benefits of each treatment option. Milwaukee medical malpractice attorneys have been implementing the existing statute, including its “reasonable patient standard,” for well over a decade. This standard evaluates what information a reasonable person in the patient’s circumstances would want to have prior to making a medical care decision.

The proposed bill stands to change this standard to the “reasonable physician standard.” According to Bill AB 139’s proposal, doctors would only be required to provide to their patient information that a reasonable medical professional in the same medical specialty would know and disclose in a similar situation. If you or a loved were provided with inadequate information while making a medical treatment decision that ultimately led to personal injury, a Milwaukee medical malpractice attorney can help you determine whether you have a viable claim for compensation due to your injuries.

We at The Previant Law Firm, S.C. understand that medical treatment decisions may be overwhelming and are generally taken at particularly vulnerable moments in your and your loved ones’ lives. If you have been injured due to inadequate information regarding your medical treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our medical malpractice attorneys for a free consultation to evaluate how proposed Bill AB 139 may impact your potential claim.