Health care professionals are usually at a loss when it comes to medical “complaints”, essentially because they lack knowledge with regard to existing litigation procedures. After a short reminder of the different rights of appeal in France, we describe how medical appeals function in other European countries. Next, we give the details of how the evaluation of claims of bodily damage works, a process in which every physician may be called upon to participate several times in a career, either as the defendant, or as a medical counselor, or as an expert. The goal of this update is to understand the different compensation appeal circuits available to patients and help the surgeon demystify and dedramatize the situation while preparing for the medical expert witness testimony. All such testimony reports, via whatever appeal circuit, follow a similar procedure, even if they are not exactly identical.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Medical accident, Medical expert witness testimony, Complaints, Medical errors, Medical responsibility, Arbitration and compensation board, Court, European medical laws