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MEDICAL PROTECTION

INDEMNITY & REPRESENTATION

You can request assistance with any action, proceeding, claim or demand arising from your professional practice including:
Clinical negligence claims
When we take on a claim, we can manage it from first notification to conclusion, and can take care of all the legal costs and compensation payments.
SMC investigations
We can provide advice and legal representation for regulatory council inquiries arising from health, performance, and professional conduct. We can help you with all aspects of an investigation – whether it be drafting a letter in response to a notification or providing high-calibre legal representation at a full hearing.
Disciplinary procedures
We can provide advice and representation if you face allegations arising from your clinical care of patients. This could relate to your professional conduct or competence, or personal health problems that are having a significant effect on your clinical performance.
Preparing for inquests
We can help you prepare a report for the coroner and advise you on how to conduct yourself at the inquest. If necessary, we can arrange for legal representation on your behalf.
Criminal proceedings
We can help if you become the subject of criminal investigations that arise directly from your clinical care of patients. This includes investigation or prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter. We can also help if you face an allegation of indecent or sexual assault – if that arises from your clinical practice. It is unlikely that we would assist where the allegations arise from personal conduct.
Good Samaritan acts
A Good Samaritan act is one in which medical assistance is given, free of charge, in a medical emergency, in a personal as opposed to a professional capacity. Examples include roadside accidents and emergencies at public events you attend as a spectator. In the unlikely event that legal proceedings follow, you would be entitled to ask for assistance, no matter in which country the legal proceedings are commenced.
Complaints
We can help you respond to a complaint and support you through to its resolution. We can work with you to look at why complaints arise and how to minimise the risks of recurrence.

Medicolegal advisory service

You can phone or email us for advice to help resolve the many dilemmas that can arise from everyday practice. This direct access is underpinned by our established panel of local expert lawyers and experienced medicolegal advisers.

Requests for medicolegal assistance can be directed to a toll-free advice line 800 616 7055 and email address querydoc@medicalprotection.org.