Preparing for the Future ∙ Mesothelioma Lawyers
For clients with mesothelioma, it is especially important to prepare for
the future. A sudden event could lead to incapacity or an aggressive downgrade
in health. It is essential to name agents and leave clear instructions,
as far in advance as possible, to provide for the possibility that one
day you might not be able to make or communicate these decisions on your own.
Living Wills, DNRs and Medical Powers of Attorney
Some of the most important legal documents include:
Living Wills: A type of advance directive in which a patient explains his or her wishes
about future medical treatment in the event that he or she is at the end
of life and cannot communicate. The purpose of the living will is to help
doctors and family members decide how aggressive to be in the provision
of medical treatments.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders: A DNR order is a physician's written order instructing health care
providers not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in case of
cardiac or respiratory arrest. A person with a valid DNR order will not
be given CPR. The DNR must be signed by a physician to be valid.
Advance Directives: A general term that encompasses two types of legal documents, living wills
and medical powers of attorney. These documents allow you to select someone
to make future health care and medical decisions if you are unable to
make them. Each state has different regulations for the use of advance
Medical Power of Attorney: A document that allows the patient to appoint someone to make decisions
about his or her medical care if he or she cannot communicate. It is also
called a health care proxy, durable power of attorney for health care,
or appointment of a health care agent or surrogate. The person appointed
can be called a health care agent, surrogate, attorney-in-fact or proxy.
Contact California Mesothelioma Attorneys ∙ Kaiser Gornick LLP
From our San Francisco Bay Area offices, our lawyers help our clients obtain
fair and full compensation for mesothelioma.
Contact us at (800) 824-8234 for a
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