What if my cosmetic surgeon made me sign a personally adjusted consent form that nobody ever signed before for the same procedures?

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What if my cosmetic surgeon made me sign a personally adjusted consent form that nobody ever signed before for the same procedures?

It was done by misrepresentation; the receptionist told me it was a standard consent form and I just had to sign it. After signing it, my doctor told me that she created the consent form just for me because she was not confident enough to make me happy through the procedure. I feel like I was tricked by misrepresentation and do not even remember what the consent actually meant word by word. I thought if everyone had to sign it, I had no choice. Isn’t this unethical?

Asked on April 1, 2013 under Malpractice Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It may be unethical and may be worth a complaint to the state licensing board which governs physicians; however, it's probably not illegal. There is no  law saying that every customer/client/patient needs to get the same forms or contracts--they may be customized for some. And whether you were told that it was a standard form or not, and whether you were told you "had" to sign it or not, you signed it; and the law presumes that people read, understand, and agree to what they sign.


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