Medical scales

To assess the extent of an injury, doctors use different severity scales, which in medico-legal terms, ranks the severity of the injury.

Once this is done, the next step is to look at the compensation tables, officially drawn up by a small number of commissions and unofficially by certain courts, to determine the level of award to the victim (see “compensation of the injury” hereafter).

The most well-known medical severity scale available is the “Concours médical”. A short-lived decree of 2003 had rendered it applicable when an award was to be given by ONIAM for a medical accident or an infection sustained in a hospital or clinic.

The no longer enforceable decree (which incorporates the scale) can be obtained here.

Another scale is the one drafted by the Legal and Criminal Medical Society of France.

You can find the following scales on the links shown below: