When I sign a consent form prior to surgery, am I waiving my rights to pursue a Washington, D.C. medical malpractice lawsuit if I am injured?

Prior to nearly every medical procedure—simple or complicated—most patients are required to sign some kind of waiver or consent form. While it is important to read through this document just to be sure of what you are signing, this is not a “get out of jail free” card for the doctor performing the procedure.

With any procedure, there are certain complications and risks involved, even if the doctor does everything properly. These risks can be something as simple as an infection, or a more serious complication that may accompany more complex or dangerous procedures. The consent form is simply proof that you were told of any risks involved, informed of any alternative treatments or procedures, and given the opportunity to ask the doctor any questions you had about the procedure.

Signing a consent form does not prevent you from pursuing legal action should the doctor injure you negligently or cause complications due to his or her deviance from the medical standard of care. If you are injured during your procedure and suspect that you may have a malpractice case, contact a D.C. area medical malpractice attorney as soon as you can. He or she will be able to gather the evidence required to see if your complications may have been caused by a negligent medical professional.

The Bethesda medical malpractice lawyers of Lewis & Tompkins are here to make sure that your rights are protected. No matter what waivers or consent forms you signed, no piece of paper exempts a doctor from treating you with the highest standard of medical care. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that you feel may have been caused by a doctor’s carelessness, call Lewis & Tompkins today at 202.296.0666 for a free consultation.

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