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A consent form may not exempt your doctor from liability

Being ill or injured is extremely unpleasant and often you may be willing to go to great lengths to feel better. Whether this means taking medication, having an operation or undergoing some other form of treatment, you place yourself in the hands of medical professionals. Fortunately, most of the doctors and nurses in Illinois provide a very high standard of care and will do all they can to aid your recovery.

However, not all are as diligent and this can spell disaster. Unlike many other professions, if you make a mistake as a member of medical staff, you can put lives directly at risk. As such, most hospitals and health centres employ systems that double and triple check every step of a patient's treatment to ensure that they receive the best possible care.

Even so, these procedures are not always followed as carefully as they should be. The sad thing is that it is generally the patient who suffers for it. If this happens to you, you may feel inclined to pursue a medical malpractice suit. But what happens if you signed a consent form before undergoing the procedure? Does this invalidate your claim?

Fortunately, as this article on malpractice explains, if your doctor did not meet the necessary standard of care or went beyond the boundaries of your consent, you may have a case. An attorney can advise you on your options and help you to better understand the process you are entering into. With the right support, you may be able to hold the guilty party accountable while also seeking remuneration for your injuries.

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