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7. How do I claim compensation?
For now, there is no system in the UK for automatically paying compensation to people who have suffered a medical accident. Sometimes, a hospital may admit it has made a mistake and offer you compensation, but this is usually for relatively minor injuries or losses. In most cases, you will need to make a legal claim for 'clinical negligence'.
If you live in Wales, you may be able to use a new compensation scheme being tested there. The Speedy Resolution Pilot Scheme aims to settle claims quickly and reduce costs, but you can use it only:
There are some other rules governing whether your claim can be dealt with under the scheme. You will need to talk to a specialist clinical negligence solicitor from AvMA or the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel to decide whether you can use the scheme and its possible benefits and drawbacks. A similar type of scheme is expected to be introduced in England in the near future.
This 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regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.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