The principle of informed consent requires a physician to provide information in advance to a patient about the medical condition and available care options so the patient may make an informed decision of whether or not to have proposed treatment. A doctor must adequately inform a patient of diagnosis, nature and purpose of treatment, any alternatives, benefits and risks of a procedure itself, and risks of not undergoing the procedure. The doctor must not only get the patient’s consent to treatment, but the consent must be obtained from a fully informed patient.
While consenting to treatment may limit a claim, signing a statement assuming the risks involved with a procedure does not mean you are without recourse if the health care provider fails to perform to acceptable levels of care and is negligent. You do not consent to negligence by the medical professional.