Before any surgical procedure or medical test, it is your right to be advised of the risks associated with the procedure, and the consequences should it not go as expected.
You will be asked to sign a form indicating that you understand and accept the risks. This is called “informed consent”, and it is only valid if you understood the consent form, if the information was presented in plain language, and if your doctor or another medical representative was present to answer your questions to your satisfaction.
Understanding the risks associated with surgery or medical tests does not limit your rights to pursue legal recourse if there should be a bad outcome due to medical mistakes.
If you or a loved one has experienced a negative medical outcome, do not assume that because a consent form was signed that you have waived your rights to compensation. Get your medical records, keep a record of your complications, and contact our office to discuss what legal actions might be appropriate.