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14 Medical Accidents

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1. Introduction

2. What is a medical accident?

3. What should I do if I have suffered a medical accident?

4. How do I find out more about what happened to me?

5. What if I want to complain about a professional's behaviour?

6. When can I claim compensation?

7. How do I claim compensation?

8. How do I decide whether to take legal action?

9. What if I can't afford to pay for a solicitor?

10. What do I have to prove to claim compensation?

11. What can I claim compensation for?

12. What can I do if my treatment was private?

13. What if a relative has died as a result of a medical accident?

14. What if my injury was caused by faulty medical equipment?

If your injury was caused by faulty medical equipment, such as an artificial hip joint, you may be able to claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. This also applies to medical products, for example if you were injured or made ill from a blood product.

If this is so, you would make your claim against the company that manufactured, imported or supplied the product, not the hospital or doctor who treated you. There is a time limit of ten years for making a claim under the Consumer Protection Act, which applies to both adulta and children. You do not have to prove negligence in this type of claim. However, you will still need a specialist solicitor to bring a claim. AvMA or the Law Society can help you find one of these solicitors.

15. What if I want to make sure that the same mistake is not repeated?

16. Further help

17. About this leaflet







Logo of AVMAThis leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Action Against Medical Accidents.

The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.

Leaflet Version: October 2017


 




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