You can claim compensation by filing a notice of injury in writing.
When you suspect that a patient injury has taken place, you need not file an injury notification straight away. Instead, it is advisable to first discuss the matter with your attending physician or someone else from the medical staff. Underlying many notices of patient injury is uncertainty concerning matters relating to the illness, injury or treatment. Based on the discussion, you may file a notice of patient injury if you still suspect that a patient injury has taken place.
The notice of injury must be filed within three years of the date when the party entitled to compensation became aware of the injury. This may only be derogated from for a special reason. It is not necessary to file a notice of injury immediately on the appearance of the symptoms, since information on the further development of your condition may be relevant for the handling of the claim. This is especially true with infections.
How do I file the notice of injury?
Read the instructions before filling out the form.
For more detailed instructions, see the bottom of the notice of injury form.
The quickest way to file a notification of injury is to use the online printable form.
A hardcopy notice of injury form can also be obtained
Send the duly completed and signed form to Potilasvakuutuskeskus (the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre):
PotilasvakuutuskeskusItämerenkatu 11-1300180 Helsinki
To streamline the processing of your case, please use the notice of injury form provided by the Patient Insurance Centre.
The injury notification must be filled with the Patient Insurance Centre within three years of the date when the injured party first knew, or should have known, of the injury. The limitation period does not start at the point of treatment, but at the point when the injured party understood or should have understood that the injury resulted from the medical treatment and health care received.
The injury notification may be filled later under special circumstances. However, the claim must be made no later than ten years after the treatment if the treatment has been given on 1 May 1999 or after. The absolute limitation period for treatment given before 1 May 1999 is 20 years. If the absolute limitation period has ended, it makes no difference when the patient became aware of the injury. Notifications filled in after the expiry of the absolute limitation period will not be examined.
The injury notification form must be signed personally and therefore cannot be sent electronically to the Centre. Adults must sign the form themselves, or authorise someone else to attend to the matter on their behalf by completing the authorisation section of the form.
When the patient is a minor or otherwise legally incompetent, the injury notification form must be signed by a trustee. The parents of minors can usually act as trustees. In cases where the patient is deceased, the injury notification can be filed by a party to the estate.