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

On occasion, rather than attending A&E, you might be referred to a walk-in centre for medical treatment. If that happens, you’ll still be treated by a medical professional. In the same way as being treated in a hospital, professionals in walk-in centres have a duty of care to try and keep you as safe as possible. This article is going to look at making a Blackburn walk-in centre medical negligence claim. To do this, we will look at what treatment is offered at walk-in centres, the types of negligence that could happen, and when you might be entitled to claim compensation.

Furthermore, if you are treated negligently by a medical professional, you can only make a claim if that negligence has caused you some type of harm. Your claim could be against an NHS trust, or a private healthcare company. Later on in this guide, we’ll provide details of the duty of care you can expect and explain the definition of medical negligence too.

Blackburn walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Blackburn walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Legal Expert is here to help you if you’re considering a claim. If you call our advisors, you’ll receive free legal advice, and we’ll answer any questions you may have. Also, we’ll provide a no-obligation telephone assessment of your case. If it has a reasonable chance of success, we could appoint a specialist medical negligence solicitor from our team. If they take your claim on, they will handle it on a No Win No Fee basis.

Therefore, to discuss how we could help you claim, why not call our advice line on 0800 073 8804 today? Alternatively, if you would like to know more about claiming for medical negligence at a Blackburn walk-in centre, please continue reading.

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A Guide On Claims For A Blackburn Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claim

During the course of this article, we are going to explain when you could claim compensation for suffering caused by negligence in a walk-in centre in Blackburn. These centres were introduced in larger towns and cities to try and ease pressure on A&E departments. Some are GP led and appointments are required, and others are led by nurses and you don’t need an appointment. Additionally, in many cases, you can find out where it’s best to attend by explaining your symptoms to NHS 111.

You may be entitled to claim compensation in cases where you suffer an injury, are made ill, or an existing condition is made worse following negligent treatment in a walk-in centre (or urgent care centre). As we go through this guide, we will show you what sorts of ailments can be treated at these centres.

We will also explain the types of negligence that could lead to a claim like prescription errors, failing to refer you to a specialist, or misdiagnosis. With the help of a compensation table, we’ll demonstrate the amount of compensation that could be paid for certain injuries too.

Importantly, we should explain that, if you are claiming for your own suffering, there is usually a 3-year time limit that applies. If you are going to claim on behalf of a child, you can do so at any point before they turn 18-years old (after which they have 3-years to make their own claim).

Finally, we’ll explain how our No Win No Fee service can lower the financial risks of making a medical negligence claim. To find out if you could claim for suffering caused by walk-in centre negligence, please give us a call. You’ll be able to ask as many questions as you need and we’ll assess your case for free.

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

If you attend a Blackburn walk-in centre, you could be treated by a nurse, doctor, sexual health specialist or other registered medical professionals. Each of these specialists owes you a duty of care to try and keep you as safe as possible. That means they need to work using the correct medical procedures at all times.

It should be noted that,  if your illness is made worse, you are injured, or an existing injury is made worse because of negligent treatment, you could be eligible to claim compensation. The sorts of negligent acts that could lead to a claim include:

  • Receiving a negligent incorrect diagnosis of your illness or injury.
  • Being prescribed incorrect medication.
  • Not being sent to see a specialist for further assessment of your ailment.
  • Being given the wrong strength of medication.
  • Receiving medicine that you are known to be allergic too.

There are many other scenarios which could mean you’re eligible to claim so don’t worry too much if yours isn’t in our list. Moreover, to check whether you could claim compensation following negligence in a Blackburn walk-in centre, please call our team of specialists today.

Walk-In Centres In The Blackburn Area

Walk-in centres and urgent care centres in Blackburn are there to provide treatment for minor injuries which aren’t life-threatening. If you would like to check if you can attend, you may wish to report your symptoms to NHS 111 first. For information, here are some of the minor injury units in the Blackburn area:

  • Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.
  • Rossendale Minor Injuries Unit.
  • Ucc Royal Preston Hospital.
  • Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.
  • Rochdale Infirmary.
  • Leigh Health Centre.

Can You Just Go To A Walk-In Centre In Blackburn?

On the NHS website, it says that you can visit a walk-in centre for urgent medical treatment. The main caveat to that is that the condition must not be life-threatening. Here is a list of some injuries and ailments you could be treated for:

  • Suspected broken or fractured limbs.
  • Stings and bites.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Minor head injuries.
  • Coughs and colds.
  • Skin irritations, rashes and infections.
  • Pain in the stomach.
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Eye problems.
  • Minor burns and scalds.
  • High temperatures.
  • Emergency contraception.
  • Ear or throat infections.
  • Cuts and grazes.

Obviously, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, you should check before travelling to an urgent care centre by calling 111. If you do receive negligent treatment and you would like us to assess whether you could claim for the harm caused, please contact our team today.

Additionally, we’ll assess your case for free and explain your options as well.

Negligence In Minor Injuries Care

In the list below shows some potential mistakes that could possibly entitle you to seek compensation.

  • Prescription errors.
    Being given the wrong medication can lead to serious problems. It is possible that you could suffer an adverse reaction to the drug you are given. Also, as you are not taking the correct medicine, your injury is unlikely to get better.
  • Misdiagnosis
    If you attended a walk-in centre with a wrist injury, for example, and it was diagnosed as a sprain when in fact it was fractured, the injury could become worse and cause more pain until diagnosed correctly.
  • Failing to refer.
    Similarly to above, if you’re not sent for an x-ray because the doctor believes you’ve just suffered a sprain, the injury could worsen and cause further complications.

If you believe that you have suffered because of any of the mistakes listed above, please get in touch with our team today. We will assess your claim without obligation, provide free advice and explain your claim options.

Medical Negligence In Minor Illness Care

It is quite common to visit urgent care centres for minor illnesses or infections. Common illnesses include ear infections, throat infections and, on occasion, wounds that have become infected. You will initially be assessed by a doctor or nurse who may then provide a prescription or arrange for treatment to help cure your condition.

It is quite normal for your problem to be diagnosed and treated successfully and you’ll be back to normal within a matter of days. However, if mistakes happen through which means you could claim for additional suffering caused because:

  • The medication you were prescribed was incorrect or its dosage was not right.
  • Your condition was misdiagnosed meaning your underlying ailment was not treated correctly.
  • The doctor or nurse underestimated the severity of the infection.
  • And finally, you were not sent for additional tests to confirm what the infection was (for more serious or unusual cases).

Legal Expert will look at any case and provide you with a no-obligation assessment of your chances of being compensated. Remember, you could be eligible to claim for new injuries or illnesses caused by medical negligence or if a pre-existing condition is made worse. Please contact our advice centre today so that we can review your case for free.

Negligence In Sexual Health Treatment Care

Some walk-in centres are able to issue emergency contraception or treat some sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Should an error cause you to suffer more, we could help you begin a compensation claim.

It is possible that the medical professional who treated you breached their duty of care if they:

  • Failed to diagnose the problem correctly.
  • Did not refer you for additional tests if showing the symptoms of HIV.
  • Gave you the wrong antibiotic to treat your STI.

If any of these types of mistakes have caused you to suffer, you may want to discuss whether you’re eligible to claim compensation. If that’s the case, why not call Legal Expert today? A specialist will review your case, provide free legal advice and you could have one of our specialist solicitors appointed to help.

Clinical Negligence & Medication Errors

In many cases, when you visit a walk-in centre, the first part of your treatment is for your illness to be diagnosed. Following that, you might need treatment to help fix the problem and then you may receive a prescription to help reduce your symptoms too.

While prescriptions are generally correct and the medication works as intended, if a prescription error causes you to suffer, you might be eligible to begin a compensation claim. For example:

  • Incorrect dosage.
    This could cause you to suffer an adverse reaction. Alternatively, your illness or injury may not improve because the medication is not strong enough to work.
  • Allergic reactions.
    If your medical records show that you have a known allergy, you could be entitled to claim if you are prescribed a drug that causes you to have a reaction.
  • Adverse reactions.
    Similarly, if you are known to be taking medication already, the prescriber should check that any medication they issue does not react adversely to what you’re already taking.
  • Dispensing errors.
    If you are given medication that is different from what was prescribed, you may have a case to claim for any suffering that results. 

Whatever type of medication error you suffer, we could help you begin a compensation claim. Please let us know what happened and we’ll start the ball rolling.

Calculating Compensation For A Blackburn Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

It is now time to move on and look at potential compensation amounts that could be paid for medical negligence. Usually, your solicitor will begin to work out how much compensation they’ll request by calculating general damages. This is compensation that aims to cover the pain, suffering and also loss of amenity caused by your injuries.

The compensation table below outlines some example amounts for a few relevant injuries. We have taken these figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is used bu solicitors, by lawyers, and by other legal professionals to help work out settlement figures.

Please bear in mind that we will only be able to work out how much you could be paid once we have reviewed your case with you, so why don’t you contact our advice centre today?

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Injury Type Compensation Further Details
Bowel £41,850 to £65,440 This category covers injuries where temporay colostomy is used and there is some imparied function.
Bladder £21,970 to £29,380 This category is used where there have been long-term problems with natural function but where most symptoms have now been resolved.
Spleen £19,510 to £24,680 This category applies to cases where there is a continued risk of infection because of the complete loss of the spleen.
Kidney Up to £60,050 These injuries will vastly increase the risk of future urinary tract infections.
Loss of sexual function (men) In the region of £139,210 The amount paid in this category will be based largely on the age of the victim. They will suffer complete impotence and loss of sexual function.
Infertility (women) £16,860 to £34,480 This range covers women who already have children and where there are no other medical complications.

You’ll notice that amounts paid are based on how severe your injuries are. That means you’ll need medical evidence to back up your allegations. During the claims process, therefore, you will be asked to visit a local independent medical expert. They will review your medical records as well as to conduct a medical assessment during which you’ll be examined and questioned about the impact of your injuries. Following the assessment, the medical specialist will list their findings in a report and forward it to your solicitor.

Special Damages

In addition to claiming for your injuries, you could also claim for financial expenses that you’ve incurred as a direct result of the medical negligence against you. This part of the claim is known as special damages and could include:

  • Firstly, care costs – to cover the time of a carer or loved one who helped with your daily duties during your recovery.
  • Then, medical expenses – this might include the cost of over the counter treatments or prescription costs.
  • Also, travel costs – for example, you may have to pay for fuel and parking related to visits to the hospital for treatment.
  • Vehicle or home adaptations will be included – these might be required to help make life easier if you’ve been left disabled.
  • Importantly, lost income – to cover any unpaid leave or reduced salary because you needed time off work during your recovery.
  • As well as, future lost income – this might be claimed if your injuries will have a long-term impact on your ability to work.

Furthermore, we’ll be able to look at the special damages you could claim once your case has been reviewed. So, why not give us a call today to find out what you could claim for?

No Win No Fee Claims For Blackburn Walk-In Centre Clinical Negligence

In this section, we’re going to explain how our No Win No Fee service can lower your financial risk and provide you with important access to legal help. No Win No Fee allows a claimant to appoint a solicitor if they want to without paying an upfront fee.

To start with, your solicitor will review your case to check it is feasible. If they agree to work for you, they will provide you with a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Within this document, the claims process will be explained. Furthermore, it will set out that:

  • There is no requirement to pay the solicitor upfront fees.
  • You won’t have solicitor’s fees billed to you during the claim.
  • Also, should the claim not work out, you won’t need to pay any solicitor’s fees at all.

In cases that are won, your solicitor’s work and fees will be paid for by a ‘success fee’. This is a small percentage of your compensation. So that it’s clear how much you’ll pay, the success fee (which is capped legally) is listed in the CFA before you sign it.

As well as that, if you would like one of our specialist advisors to review your claim and let you know if you could proceed on a No Win No Fee basis, please call our free advice line today.

Our Team Is Here To Listen

We are nearing the end of this article on a Blackburn walk-in centre medical negligence claim. If you would like to discuss the validity of your case, you can contact Legal Expert by:

  • Calling our advice centre to talk to a specialist on 0800 073 8804.
  • Asking for free legal advice via our live chat option.
  • Using our online enquiry form to arrange a call back.
  • Last but not least, setting out the details of your claim in an email to info@legalexpert.co.uk.

To conclude, we would never want to waste anybody’s time. For that reason, our advisors will be honest and open about the chances of winning your case. After your claim is assessed, you could have one of our specialist solicitors appointed if your case is strong enough. Should the claim be taken on, your solicitor will manage all communications with the defendant. They will also work hard to try and achieve the maximum amount of compensation possible for you. They will, of course, do all this on a No Win No Fee basis.

Where To Find More Help

Thank you for completing this article about seeking compensation for suffering caused by Blackburn walk-in centre medical negligence. In this final section, we’re going to provide links to some external resources.

NHS Service Complaints – Details about the correct procedures to follow when complaining about the NHS.

CQC Inspection Report – The latest Care Quality Commission inspection of Rossendale Minor Injury Unit.

Doctor’s Duties – A list of duties provided by the General Medical Council.

As Legal Expert support other compensation claims as well, we have listed some of our guides below.

Eye Injury Claims – Details about claiming for eye injuries sustained in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Workplace Harassment Claims – Information on how our employment law solicitors could help you start a claim.

And finally, No Win No Fee – More information on how the No Win No Fee claims process works.

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