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Have I Waived My Legal Rights by Signing a Consent Form?

Q. Have I waived my rights because I signed a consent form?

A. Signing a consent form does not give a health care provider a license to commit malpractice. Typical informed consent forms are meant to make sure that you have had an opportunity to ask questions, discuss options and understand the potential for adverse reactions, negative complications, etc. Informed consent forms explain the risks associated with a given treatment or procedure but the duty to meet the required standard of care is a duty that a physician or other medical provider cannot have signed away by the patient.