Many have had the experience of going to the emergency room and being given a big stack of forms to sign. Included in this stack are consent forms which allow the hospital staff to treat you. If you need surgery and anesthesia, you will be asked to sign more consent forms.
Consent is required to get your permission to treat you, operate on you, or give you anesthesia. There are risks which you must be advised of. Too often, nurses and doctor gloss over or rush through the explanation of the risks in order to speed things along. Maybe they just don't want to take the time to answer questions.
If something does go wrong, you can bet that those forms will be used against you. So you need to take time to ask the doctor or nurse as many questions as you want. Ask about the risks, ask about how many of the surgeries the doctor has done, ask whether the doctor has had any complications with other patients.
Just because a doctor or nurse explains the risks does not meant that there has not been medical malpractice.
If you have a question about informed consent, call us tollfree at 1-800-299-HURT. You can send us your information by filling out the contact form on this page or on any page of the website.