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Should Patients Sign Arbitration Agreements? They often unknowingly forfeit their right to sue doctors in courts of law. W hen a patient signs an arbitration agreement, he gives up his right to a jury trial before the surgeon lays a hand on him — and the surgeon dodges the prospect of a medical malpractice lawsuit. But as an ongoing case out of North Carolina shows, these agreements aren't as ironclad as they might seem. 2 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 1 7 Medical Malpractice Devin O'Brien, JD • DISTINCTIVE Make the arbitration agreement a clear and separate part of the intake process so patients know exactly what they're signing.

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