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Thread: Courses of action in the U.S. for patients who receive poor treatment or were misled

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    Default Courses of action in the U.S. for patients who receive poor treatment or were misled

    Patients who feel they have legitimate complaints about treatments they have received or feel that information they were given or read on a website was misleading from clinics/doctors in the United States do have some recourse. Legal action is also an option especially if the treatment results in injury or death.

    Here is some information that may be useful. In most instances a person can make a complaint and their name will be kept in confidence by the agency it is filed with. The FTC will also accept consumer complaints anonymously if that is preferred. Complaints can be made by phone or online with most agencies.

    Patients need not fear that the information they provide will be made public. These agencies exist to give consumers protection. It takes patient involvement to alert others if you feel that you did not receive the type of care that you were promised or if you became ill or were injured. Making a simple report may help save someone else from being taken advantage of. There is no cost involved with these agencies.

    State Attorney General - Do an internet search for the state where treatment was obtained to get information on filing a complaint.

    State Medical Boards
    - Do an online search for the type of medicine practiced by the doctor who treated you. There may be separate boards depending on what type of doctor he or she is.

    Better Business Bureau - Check online as each city/state will have its own BBB.

    FTC www.ftc.gov 1-866-382-4357 Report false or misleading advertising here. This should also be reported to the other agencies.

    FBI http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field/listing_by_state

    FDA
    Consumer Complaint Coordinators
    To report adverse reactions or other problems with FDA-regulated products, contact the FDA district office consumer complaint coordinator for your geographic area. If you require the use of a Relay Service, please call the Federal Relay Services (1-800-877-8339). This is a toll free relay service to call Federal agencies from TTY devices.

    Please Note: There is not a Consumer Complaint Coordinator in each state. Consumer Complaint Coordinators are assigned by regions. Therefore, several states will have the same Consumer Complaint Coordinator assigned to it.

    Alabama--866-289-3399

    Alaska--(toll free) 800-353-3965

    Arizona--(949) 608-3530

    Arkansas--(214) 253-5237

    California (Northern)--(510) 337-6741

    California (Southern)--(949) 608-3530

    Colorado--(303) 236-3044

    Connecticut-- (toll-free) 800-891-8295

    Delaware-- (toll-free) 877-689-8073

    District of Columbia--(410) 779-5713

    Florida -- (866) 337-6272

    Georgia--(404) 253-1169

    Hawaii-- 808-522-8011 x100

    Idaho--(toll free) 800-353-3965

    Illinois--(312) 353-7840

    Indiana--(313) 393-8189

    Iowa--(913) 752-2440

    Kansas--(913) 752-2440

    Kentucky--(513) 679-2700, ext. 124

    Toll-free in Kentucky: 800-437-2382

    Louisiana--866-289-3399

    Maine-- (toll-free) 800-891-8295

    Maryland--(410) 779-5713

    Massachusetts-- (toll-free) 800-891-8295

    Michigan--(313) 393-8189

    Minnesota--(612) 758-7221

    Mississippi--866-289-3399

    Missouri--(913) 752-2440

    Montana--(toll free) 800-353-3965

    Nebraska--(913) 752-2440

    Nevada--(510) 337-6741

    New Hampshire-- (toll-free) 800-891-8295

    New Jersey-- (973) 331-4998

    New Mexico--(303) 236-3044

    New York -- (toll-free) 866-446-9055

    North Carolina--(404) 253-1169

    North Dakota--(612) 758-7221

    Ohio--(513) 679-2700, ext. 124

    Toll free in Ohio: 800-437-2382

    Oklahoma--(214) 253-5237

    Oregon--(toll free) 800-353-3965

    Pennsylvania--877-689-8073

    Rhode Island-- (toll-free) 800-891-8295

    South Carolina--(404) 253-1169

    South Dakota--(612) 758-7221

    Tennessee-- 866-289-3399

    Texas (all areas except Houston)--(214) 253-5237

    Houston area only: (713) 293-1432

    Utah--(303) 236-3044

    Vermont-- (toll-free) 800-891-8295

    Virginia--(410) 779-5713

    Washington-- (toll free) 800-353-3965

    West Virginia--(410) 779-5713

    Wisconsin--(612) 758-7221

    Wyoming--(303) 236-3044

    Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands-- (toll free) 800-332-0127
    First treatment in 2007. Pioneering ever since.

    Barbara

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    For those that missed this the first time - here it is again. I have had several members ask for contact information, so I compiled this awhile back. There is also a Search function on this forum if you are looking for a thread or a post and are unable to find it. Try searching first. If you remember who made the post, you can also click on Community and then find the member's name. Click on it and you can find a listing of the posts they have made.
    First treatment in 2007. Pioneering ever since.

    Barbara

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