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Asked on: 9/21/11, 12:04 pm

After outpatient surgery, the clinic asks you to sign as " responsible party" on the discharge instruction sheet, which includes the directive the patient not drive for 24 hours because of the sedative. If the outpatient drives a few hours later and causes an accident, can the person who assumed "responsible party" status by signing be sued for injuries or damages to either party in the collision? Or, is signing as "responsible party" only cover taking the outpatient off premises, absolving the clinic of liability?

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