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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?

You may want to complain about an individual doctor or other healthcare professional, for example because you think they did not act ethically, or are a danger to other patients. Most healthcare professionals are members of a professional organisation. There are different organisations for different professions; for example, the General Medical Council (GMC) for doctors, the General Dental Council (GDC) for dentists, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for nurses, midwives and health visitors. These organisations have the power to stop a healthcare professional from treating patients, but will normally investigate only more serious complaints. If your complaint is less serious, for example if a healthcare professional was rude, you could complain to the organisation that employs them. The matter may then be investigated through the organisation's internal disciplinary procedures. See ‘Further help’ for details.

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?

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regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.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: June 2019


 




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