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A legal action for personal injury is a civil lawsuit that is directed at compensating the victim due to injury or death which is caused by the wrongdoer.
In general, it is the patient’s right of self-determination to decide whether or not to receive medical treatment. A medical practitioner is not allowed to perform any medical treatment or procedure on a patient who does not consent to it.
There are inherent risks in medical treatment, but there are occasions when patients become unhappy with the treatment that they have received and wish to make a complaint or initiate legal proceedings for medical negligence.
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