Medical negligence - Medical accidents ( 10.7.0. )
Medical negligence / Medical accidents
Updated: 28 February 2020
Words you may need to know
Medical - relating to health and treatment given by a doctor or someone trained in medicine
Negligence - a civil wrong in law causing injury or harm to another person or to property as the result of doing something or failing to provide a proper or reasonable level of care.
Civil law - law involving individuals or groups in a legal action other than a criminal prosecution.
Making a complaint
There are different ways to make a complaint, depending on whether it is against a General Practitioner or against Health and Community Services (i.e. the hospital).
A complaint against a General Practitioner should be referred to The Primary Care Team. Please see http://primarycarebody.com/contact-us/complaints
A complaint against Health and Community Services should be submitted to the Government. Please see 10.6
Seeking damages or compensation
To ascertain whether you have grounds to pursue a civil claim for damages or compensation, you should seek advice from a Personal Injury lawyer. Please contact Citizens Advice for more information.