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Bath Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence – No Win No Fee Claims

By Edward Robinson. When you suffer a minor injury, you may be referred to a minor injury unit (or walk-in centre) for treatment. At these centres, any medical specialist who treats you has the same duty of care towards you as doctors and nurses do when you visit a hospital. In fact, you may well be treated by doctors and nurses at such places. In this guide, we are going to show you when you could claim compensation for suffering caused by Bath walk-in centre medical negligence. We’ll show what sorts of treatment you could receive, what mistakes can happen and when you could be entitled to seek compensation.

Bath walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Bath walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

During the course of this guide, we’ll explain what duty of care you are owed when being treated by medical professionals. We’ll also explain what constitutes medical negligence. Importantly, we should tell you that you are only able to claim for medical negligence if it has caused you some form of harm i.e. if a medical professional is negligent, but their error doesn’t cause you to suffer, then you can’t claim compensation.

Legal Expert offers completely free claims advice. We will also review your claim thoroughly on a no-obligation basis. If an advisor believes your claim is strong enough to proceed, you could be connected with one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors. Furthermore, if your case is taken on, your lawyer will conduct the claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

To find out if you might be eligible to claim compensation, please get in touch by calling 0800 073 8804 today. Or, to find out more about claiming for harm caused by negligence in an NHS walk-in centre in Bath, please continue reading.

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A Guide To Bath Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

To ease the pressure on NHS hospitals, urgent treatment centres and walk-in centres have been established throughout the country. The main difference between the two are:

  • Urgent treatment centres are GP-led, and you need to be referred by NHS111 or your GP. They are able to treat a lot of ailments which you’d usually attend A&E for.
  • Walk-in centres don’t require an appointment and they are led by nurses and doctors. A walk-in centre can treat minor injuries like cuts, bruises and infections.

In this article, we’re going to help you determine if you’re eligible to sue a walk-in centre because you’ve been injured, or your condition was made worse, by medical negligence. We’ll also explain the different types of treatments you might receive and what sort of negligence could entitle you to seek compensation. This list includes misdiagnosis, prescription errors and failure to refer you to a specialist.

Later on in the article, we’ll look at how much compensation could be awarded. To help with this, we’ll provide a table containing some compensation figures for relevant injuries.

If you are going to seek compensation for injuries caused by medical negligence, we should inform you about the time limits. In most cases, you’ll have 3-years to claim for the date of the negligence (or when you found out about the harm it caused) to start your case. Failure to do so could see your claim time-barred.

To help you claim without any stress, we provide a No Win No Fee service for all claims that we handle. If you would like to find out whether you’re eligible to begin a claim, or if you have any additional questions, please call our claims advice centre today. You can call or use our live chat feature 24-hours a day.

What Is Clinical Negligence At A Bath Walk-In Centre?

Any patient who is treated by a licensed medical professional is owed a duty of care. This means that any professional such as doctors, nurses, dentists or sexual health specialist working in a Bath walk-in centre must follow the correct procedures when treating you and see that the treatment you receive is of a reasonable standard. This applies to both NHS and private healthcare professionals.

Suffering caused by medical negligence could be claimed if you are injured, made ill or an existing condition was made worse because the professional treating you failed to treat you properly. Examples of the types of negligence which could entitle you to make a claim include:

  • Being prescribed the wrong medication or dosage.
  • Having your injury or ailment misdiagnosed at the walk-in centre.
  • Not being referred to a specialist when needed.
  • Being given medication which you are known to be allergic to.

This list contains a few examples of the types of negligence that could cause you to suffer. Don’t worry if you don’t see an example that matches your scenario, we could still help you begin a claim. If you would like us to check if you might be entitled to claim compensation for Bath walk-in centre medical negligence, please call our team today.

Bath NHS Healthcare Centres

You are able to visit a Bath walk-in centre when you require immediate treatment for minor injuries. If you’re not sure if you should attend, you could check with NHS111 first. For your information, here are some of the NHS walk-in centres in the Bath area:

  • Frome Community Hospital.
  • South Bristol Community Hospital.
  • West Walk Surgery.
  • Shepton Mallett Community Hospital.

It’s worth noting at this point that an urgent medical centre might be commissioned by the NHS but operated using private medical professionals. If this is the case, you could still make a compensation claim for any harm caused by a negligent act during treatment.

Legal Expert is able to help with medical negligence claims for incidents at any of these centres as well as others not listed. For free advice on beginning a claim, please call our advice line today.

When Can I Go To A Walk-In Centre?

The NHS explains that you can attend a walk-in centre if you require urgent medical treatment, but your condition is not life-threatening. Examples of what conditions could be assessed and treated include:

  • Broken or fractured bones.
  • Cuts and grazes.
  • Strains, sprains and similar soft-tissue injuries.
  • Stings and bites.
  • Minor head injuries.
  • Infections of the ears or throat.
  • Eye problems.
  • Rashes and skin infections.
  • Minor burns (and scalds).
  • Stomach pains.
  • Fever in adults or children.
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Emergency contraception.
  • Colds and coughs.

If you can prove that your illness or injury was made worse following treatment at a minor injuries unit or walk-in centre, please let us know. Our specialist advisors will assess your case without any obligation and provide you with free legal advice about how you could proceed.

Minor Injuries

If you are referred to a Bath walk-in centre to have a minor injury assessed or treated, you are likely to receive a good level of care and your problem will be resolved. However, in some cases mistakes can be made which cause you additional suffering.

For example, your illness or injury may be made worse as a result of a:

  • Misdiagnosis. As an example, if you visit the centre with an arm injury and it is diagnosed as bruising rather than a fracture, you could suffer unnecessary pain (and possibly further damage) until the correct diagnosis is provided.
  • Prescription error. Being given the wrong medication could make you ill or mean your condition goes untreated.
  • Failure to refer. If your symptoms suggest you should be seen by a specialist, but you’re not sent to see one, your underlying condition could get worse.

Please call us today if you believe you have suffered due to any of the mistakes listed above.

Minor Infections And Illnesses

If you are suffering from a minor infection, you may be sent to a Bath walk-in centre to have it assessed and treated. The types of conditions that could be treated include wounds that have become infected, ear infections or throat infections. Your condition will usually be assessed, the problem diagnosed, and either treated or a prescription will be provided to help make things better.

While most cases are treated successfully, there is a chance for errors to occur which could lead to additional suffering. That means you might be allowed to claim compensation if you were caused to suffer because:

  • The severity of your infection was underestimated.
  • You were prescribed the wrong medication, or the dosage was incorrect.
  • The medical professional failed to refer you to a specialist (for more serious infections).
  • You were treated for the wrong condition i.e. the specialist misdiagnosed your infection as something else.

We will happily review any case where you can prove that you have been caused to suffer because of medical negligence. Remember, that can mean you’ve been injured, made ill, or an existing condition has been made worse following negligent treatment. For free advice on starting your claim, please feel free to call our advice centre today.

Sexual Health Negligence

You might be referred to a walk-in centre in Bath if you need treatment for a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) or if you need emergency contraception. While these procedures are usually carried out successfully, mistakes can occur. If that happens, and you suffer as a result, we could help you begin a compensation claim.

The medical professional who treated you might have breached their duty of care if they:

  • Misdiagnose the condition.
  • Fail to spot the signs or symptoms of an STI.
  • Fail to refer you for tests if you have the symptoms of HIV.

Failure to treat STIs could have serious implications for you and also mean that you’re able to pass on the infection to your sexual partners. If the incorrect antibiotics are prescribed, problems like infertility or genital disfiguration could result which may mean you would like to seek compensation.

Any condition which is misdiagnosed or wrongly treated by a Bath walk-in centre could cause you additional health problems. If you can show that those problems were caused by the negligence of a medical professional, you could be eligible to seek compensation for the suffering caused.

For free advice on beginning a medical negligence claim with Legal Expert, please call our specialists today.

Medication Negligence

When you need urgent medical care, you might be sent to a Bath walk-in centre to be treated. Upon arrival, you’ll be assessed by a medical professional, your condition will be diagnosed, and you may be provided with a prescription to try to alleviate your symptoms.

In the majority of cases, the medication that is prescribed will be correct and will help to combat your ailment. However, mistakes can happen which could lead to you suffering more than you would have if the error hadn’t occurred.

For instance, you could suffer if:

  • The dosage is too strong or too weak. In some cases, you could be made ill if the dosage is too strong, causing unnecessary side effects. If the dose is too low, your underlying illness could get worse and mean it lasts longer than necessary.
  • You are given the wrong medication. In this case, the medication you’re given could cause you to suffer side effects. Also, as you are not taking the required medication, your illness is unlikely to get better and your symptoms could become worse.
  • You are prescribed a drug that you are allergic to. If your medical records indicate you are allergic to certain medications, the medical professional makes sure these aren’t prescribed to avoid an allergic reaction.
  • The medication reacts to some other medication you are taking. If the doctor fails to check your medical records, they may not realise that the medicine they prescribe is known to react badly with another that you are taking. If this causes you to suffer, you could be entitled to make a claim.

When To Claim

Regardless of the type of medication error that caused you to suffer, we could help you begin a compensation claim. If you speak to an advisor today, they will check if you’re eligible to begin a claim and could refer you to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors if the case is strong enough.

Calculating Claims Settlements For Bath Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

Now we’re going to cover the amount of compensation that could be awarded for injuries caused by negligence in an urgent treatment centre in Bath. The first part of any claim is called general damages. This part of the claim aims to compensate any pain, suffering or loss of amenity that has resulted from negligent treatment.

In the table that follows, we have added some figures for a range of injuries. The compensation amounts come from a document used by barristers, courts and legal professionals to help determine settlement amounts called the Judicial College Guidelines. Of course, we can only provide you with a personalised estimate once your claim has been assessed properly, so why not get in touch today?

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Claim / Injury Type Severity Settlement Range Details
Bowel Severe £41,850 to £65,440 Injuries causing function impairment and usually requiring temporary colostomy.
Bladder Moderate £21,970 to £29,380 Injuries where recovery is almost complete but there has been long-term problems with natural function.
Spleen Loss £19,510 to £24,680 The complete loss of the spleen increasing the risk of immune system problems.
Kidney Significant Up to £60,050 Injuries resulting in increased and significant risk or urinary tract infections.
Loss of sexual function (men) In the region of £139,210 Total impotence and complete loss of sexual function (amount awarded is based on age)
Infertility (women) £16,860 to £34,480 Infertility where the claimant already has children and there are no medical complications

The main factor that determines how much compensation is paid is how severe your injury was. Therefore, you’ll need to attend a medical assessment (held locally) during the claims process. An independent medical expert will review any medical records available to them, examine you, and ask questions about how your injuries have affected you. Their findings will be listed in a report for your solicitor.

As well as claiming for your physical injuries, it is possible to be compensated for any financial losses you’ve incurred. Known as ‘special damages’, this part of the claim could include:

  • Medical costs – like prescriptions or over the counter medicines.
  • Travel costs – such as fuel and parking costs.
  • Care costs – if a loved one or professional carer has supported your recovery.
  • Lost earnings – if you aren’t paid fully when taking time off work to recover.
  • Future lost income – should your injuries mean you can’t work in the same way as before your injury.
  • Home or vehicle adaptations – if changes are needed to make dealing with any disability easier.

Could I Claim For Bath Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence With A No Win No Fee Agreement?

You might be worried about the costs involved when making a Bath walk-in centre clinical negligence claim. To reduce the financial risks involved with such claims, our specialist solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis for any case that is accepted. This should mean that you’ll find the whole claims process less stressful.

At the start of the process, your case will have to be checked by a solicitor to see if there is a reasonable chance of success. Should the claim be accepted, you’ll be given a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA) to review and sign. This document will show you how the solicitor will process your claim and it will also show that:

  • No money will be requested before the claim can start.
  • You won’t be asked to cover solicitor’s fees during the claims process.
  • If the claim doesn’t work out in your favour, you’ll not be asked to pay any solicitor’s fees.

If there is a favourable outcome, your solicitor will be paid by deducting a small percentage of your compensation. This ‘success fee’ is used to cover the cost of your solicitor’s work. You’ll find the exact percentage you’ll pay listed within your CFA which means you’ll know how much it is before you agree to proceed. By law, success fees are capped.

Why not contact our advice line today (open 24-hours a day) to find out if you could make a negligence claim using our No Win No Fee service?

Talking To An Expert

We are almost at the end of our guide about claiming for negligence in an urgent treatment centre. If you would now like to begin a compensation claim with Legal Expert’s representation, you can start the ball rolling by:

  • Contacting our free advice line on 0800 073 8804 for claims advice.
  • Asking about your options in live chat.
  • Emailing a summary of your claim to info@legalexpert.co.uk.
  • Completing our enquiry form so that we can arrange to call you back when it is convenient.

When you call to discuss how you’ve suffered following treatment in a Bath walk-in medical centre, we’ll offer you a no-obligation consultation. So that we don’t waste your time, our advisors will assess your case and be honest with you about your chances of being compensated. If the claim appears to have good grounds, you could be connected with a specialist lawyer to support your claim. If it is accepted, your case will be managed on a No Win No Fee basis.

Medical Claims Resources

Thank you for visiting Legal Expert and reading our article about claiming for harm that was caused by negligence in a Bath Walk-in centre. In this section, we’d like to provide you with some useful links which you may need to refer to during a medical negligence claim.

Complaints Procedure (NHS) – Details on the correct way to file a complaint with the NHS.

Find A Walk-In Centre – This tool can help you find the address of a walk-in centre in Bath.

What Is Duty Of Care? – A detailed article which explains what duty of care medical professionals have towards their patients.

The guides that follow are further Legal Expert articles to demonstrate how else we could help you.

Medical Negligence Solicitors – An explanation of the services our specialist solicitors can provide to help with negligence claims.

Workplace Accident Claims – Details of how personal injury lawyers could help you seek compensation for a workplace injury.

Airport Accident Claims – Details of how our lawyers could help you claim for injuries sustained in an airport.

Other Medical Negligence Claim Guides That May Be Helpful

For further support on your Bath walk-in centre negligence claim, why not call our advice team today?

 

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