Bolton Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence – No Win No Fee Claims
I Had Negligent Medical Care At A Bolton Walk-in Centre, Could I Claim?
NHS walk-in centres were introduced to help ease some of the burdens on busy A&E departments. You can attend them if you have a minor injury, a high temperature or a stomach bug that’s causing vomiting. When you are treated at a walk-in centre, the medical professional who treats you has a duty of care to keep you as safe as possible (in the same way A&E staff do). In this article, we are going to consider when you could be compensated for harm caused by Bolton walk-in centre medical negligence. We will explain what types of treatment are offered at these centres, what could go wrong and how much you could receive as compensation.
To be able to claim compensation, medical negligence needs to have caused you some form of harm. For example, if a doctor gives you the wrong medication, but that doesn’t cause you to suffer in any way, then you wouldn’t be able to ask for compensation.
If you are harmed though, you could begin a claim against the individual who treated you negligently, the NHS trust that operates the walk-in centre or a private medical firm if the walk-in centre is outsourced.
Legal Expert offers free legal advice to anybody who is considering a claim. Our specialists will also provide a no-obligation assessment of your case. Should the claim appear viable, you might be referred to a medical negligence solicitor from our team. If they agree to work on your case, it will be funded by a No Win No Fee agreement.
If you are ready to start your claim right away, please call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today. Alternatively, to learn more about the types of negligence at a Bolton walk-in medical centre that could entitle you to claim, please read on.
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- A Guide To Claims For Bolton Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
- What Is Negligence By A Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence?
- Find A Bolton Area Walk-in Centre
- When Could You Visit A Walk-in Centre?
- Minor Injury Treatment At Walk-in Clinic
- Minor Infection Treatment At Walk-in Clinic
- Contraception And Sexual Health Treatment At A Walk-in Clinic
- Prescription Negligence At A Walk-in Centre
- Calculating Compensation For Bolton Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
- No Win No Fee Claims For Bolton Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
- Our Team Is Here To Listen
- Need More Help?
A Guide To Claims For Bolton Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
As we go through this guide, we will show why you might be able to claim if you’re harmed following Bolton walk-in centre negligence. Many larger towns and cities have walk-in centres now, so the information we’ll supply could be relevant in other locations too.
Walk-in centres can be managed by doctors or nurses. In many cases, you can just turn up and wait to be seen, but in others, you may have to be referred. If you are not sure, you can always contact NHS 111 to check your options.
If you are made ill, suffer an injury, or an existing medical condition is made worse following negligent treatment at a medical walk-in centre, you might be eligible to start a compensation claim. During the course of this article, we’ll show what treatments are possible and what mistakes could be classed as negligent.
The types of negligence we’ll cover in this article include failing to refer you to a medical specialist, medication errors and misdiagnosis mistakes. Furthermore, we’ll supply a compensation table that shows you the amount of compensation your injuries could attract.
If you do go on to begin a claim, you’ll need to ensure that you do so within the medical negligence claims time limit. In most cases, this will be 3-years from the date you were injured. If you are claiming on behalf of your child, you’ll be able to do so at any time before they are 18-years old. However, if no claim is made, they will have 3 years from the 18th birthday to pursue their own case.
To reduce the financial risks of making a medical negligence claim, our solicitors provide No Win No Fee services for all cases we accept. If you’d like to check if you are eligible to start a Bolton walk-in centre medical negligence claim, please call a specialist today.
What Is Negligence By A Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence?
When you visit a Bolton walk-in centre, any registered medical professional who treats you will owe you a duty of care. That includes nurses, sexual health workers and doctors. The duty of care they owe you means that they must try to keep you as safe as possible by following the correct medical procedures and providing treatment of the standard expected of them.
Should your treatment make you ill, injure you or make your condition worse in any way, and the treatment you received was inadequate, you could be eligible to seek compensation for your suffering. The list which follows shows some types of negligence that could entitle you to claim:
- Not being referred to a medical specialist for additional tests (a cancer specialist for instance).
- Being prescribed the wrong medication.
- Having your ailment misdiagnosed as something else.
- Being given the incorrect dosage of medication.
- Being given drugs which you are known to be allergic to.
Do not worry if you don’t see a scenario that is the same as your own in the list, this is just a sample of negligent acts that could happen. If you want to discuss whether your case is strong enough to claim compensation, please call the Legal Expert advice line today.
Find A Bolton Area Walk-in Centre
You may wish to attend a Bolton walk-in centre if you need urgent medical treatment which is not life-threatening. If you’re not sure if you need to go straight to A&E, you can always call NHS 111 to have your symptoms checked by a medical professional. For your guidance, here is a list of some walk-in centres in the Bolton area:
- Leigh Health Centre.
- Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.
- Trafford General Hospital.
- Rossendale Minor Injuries Unit.
- Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.
- Bolton City Health Centre.
- Rochdale Infirmary.
We could help you make a claim if you can prove that medical negligence at any of the centres listed has caused you to suffer. We can also help with claims against centres not listed here too. To check if your case could entitle you to request compensation, why not contact our advice line for free guidance today?
When Could You Visit A Walk-in Centre?
Information provided on the NHS website says that there are a number of conditions that you may wish to visit a walk-in centre for (so long as they are not life-threatening). The list of ailments you may get urgent care for includes:
- Stomach pains.
- Infections, rashes and skin irritations.
- Bites and stings.
- Suspected fractured limbs.
- Diarrhoea or vomiting.
- Ear or throat infections.
- Cuts or grazes.
- High temperatures (adults and children).
- Coughs and colds.
- Sprains and strains.
- Head injuries (minor).
- Minor scalds and burns.
- Eye problems.
- Emergency contraception.
Minor Injury Treatment At Walk-in Clinic
In the vast majority of cases, anybody who attends a Bolton walk-in centre for treatment will receive a high quality of care. However, as with any treatment, there is a chance something could go wrong. If you attend a medical walk-in centre, you could seek compensation if you are harmed because of:
For instance, if you attend a walk-in centre because you’ve got pain and bruising in your foot, you could be compensated if the diagnosis is for a sprain when in fact your foot was fractured. This could be particularly justified if your ankle worsens, leading to a more serious injury.
- Medication errors.
Some prescription mistakes can cause serious problems affecting your internal organs or lead to adverse effects like headaches, stomach pain or vomiting. In these situations, you could be able to claim for your suffering.
- A failure to refer you to a medical specialist.
If your symptoms indicate that you could have a serious condition, such as cancer, you should be referred to a medical specialist for additional tests. If that doesn’t happen, and your condition worsens, you could be eligible to begin a claim.
Minor Infection Treatment At Walk-in Clinic
Infections and minor ailments are often treated successfully by medical walk-in centres. Examples include chest infections, ear infections and infected wounds.
Initially, you’ll be assessed by a doctor or nurse who will try to diagnose the problem, treat you or prescribe medication to clear up the infection. In many cases, that process is completely successful, and the problem goes away. However, if mistakes happen, you might be able to claim if the negligence caused you additional suffering.
For instance, you may be able to claim for harm caused by:
- Being given an incorrect drug to resolve your issue.
- Having the infection misdiagnosed meaning that incorrect treatment was given.
- Having the seriousness of your infection underestimated.
- Not being sent to a medical specialist to have further tests performed.
We offer to review any potential medical negligence claim for free. Our team of specialist advisors will listen to what happened, review the harm caused, and assess the evidence you’re able to supply.
Please bear in mind that you could claim for new illnesses or injuries that have resulted from negligence but, at the same time, you could also claim if your underlying condition is made worse. Please call the Legal Expert advice centre for further information.
Contraception And Sexual Health Treatment At A Walk-in Clinic
You may visit a medical walk-in centre in Bolton if you are suffering from a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or if emergency contraception is required. As before, your condition will usually be diagnosed and treated successfully but mistakes do sometimes happen. The types of negligence relating to sexual healthcare that could lead to a claim include:
- If your symptoms matched those relating to HIV but you were not sent to a specialist for further testing.
- Your STI was diagnosed as being something else meaning you didn’t receive the correct treatment.
- You were prescribed incorrect antibiotics or other drugs to treat your STI which meant it got worse or caused further complications.
We could help you claim for any form of negligence that has caused you to suffer in some way. Please get in touch, even if the negligence you suffered is not listed, and we will take a look at your case and explain your options. If your case appears to be feasible, we could appoint one of our No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitors to your case.
Prescription Negligence At A Walk-in Centre
We are very fortunate in this country to have such a good health system and that it is easy to get hold of prescription medications from pharmacies. However, the drugs you are given will only help if they are the correct ones for your condition. If you are provided with the wrong medication, you could find that you’ll suffer adverse drug reactions or that your ailment might get worse due to a lack of correct treatment.
Here are some reasons why you could claim compensation relating to medication errors:
- Allergic reactions after being prescribed drugs to which you are known to be allergic.
- Incorrect dosages which either make the drug too strong and cause side effects or too weak to treat your condition.
- Dispensing errors where you’re provided with the wrong medication, somebody else’s medication or drugs that you’re allergic to.
- Being prescribed drugs that are known to cause an adverse reaction to other medications which you are currently prescribed and taking.
Calculating Compensation For Bolton Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
Now we are going to review how much compensation could be paid for the harm that results from clinical negligence in a Bolton walk-in centre. The first element of a claim that a solicitor will normally begin with is referred to as ‘general damages’. This is compensation that aims to cover the pain and suffering which results from your injury or illness.
In the compensation table below, we have provided some example payment amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). When courts, lawyers, insurers and other legal professionals settle claims, they will often refer to the JCG to help set compensation levels.
It goes without saying that the table is for guidance only. We will be able to offer a more personalised estimate of the amount of compensation you could receive once we have reviewed your case properly.
|Harm caused||Severity||Compensation range|
|Bowels injuries / harm||Severe||£41,850 to £65,440|
|Bladder injuries / harm||Moderate||£21,970 to £29,380|
|Spleen injuries / harm||Loss||£19,510 to £24,680|
|Kidney injuries / harm||Significant||Up to £60,050|
|Illness caused by prescription error||Minor illness lasting a few days or weeks, with a full recovery.||Up to £3,710|
|Sexual function loss (male)||In the region of £139,210|
|Infertility (female)||£16,860 to £34,480|
As you can see, the main factor used to decide settlement amounts is the severity of any injury or illness. For that reason, during the claims process, you will be asked to attend a local medical assessment. In your appointment, an independent medical specialist will assess your injuries, review your medical notes and ask you some questions about the ways in which you’ve been affected.
Following on from the appointment, a report containing the findings of the specialist will be written and then sent to your solicitor. They’ll use it to prove that the harm inflicted was caused by medical negligence, and also to help value your injuries.
Special Damages You Could Claim
On top of general damages, it may be possible to seek compensation for any costs which result directly from your injuries. This type of compensation is called special damages and you could claim for:
- Lost earnings – to cover any unpaid work (or reduced pay) that results from taking time off from work to attend medical appointments or recover.
- Medical costs – which could include non-NHS treatments or prescription costs.
- Care costs – these could include professional carer’s fees or the time of a friend who helped with daily chores while you recovered.
- Travel expenses – to reimburse you for parking and fuel costs related to hospital visits, for instance.
- Home adaptations – these could be claimed in cases where you’re left with a disability and changes would help you to cope.
- Future lost earnings – this might be claimable if your ability to work is affected in the long term.
We would advise that you check that costs like these could be claimed with your solicitor before committing to them. If you want to know what could be claimed for in your case, why not call our free advice centre today?
No Win No Fee Claims For Bolton Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
It is very common for claimants to put off making a compensation claim because they are worried about losing money. Legal Expert can alleviate those worries because our solicitors provide No Win No Fee services for any claims they accept. This service provides important access to justice with reduced financial risk and stress levels.
At the beginning of the claims process, a solicitor will review your case. If they believe it’s viable, you will be given a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to sign. Within the CFA, the claims process will be explained. Additionally, the CFA will explain that:
- No solicitor’s fees will be charged upfront meaning the case can begin straight away.
- You won’t need to pay the solicitor’s fees while your case proceeds.
- Should the claim not work out, no solicitor’s fees will be payable at all.
In the event that your solicitor wins your case, a small portion of any compensation will be retained by them to cover their time and effort. The percentage you will pay will be described as a success fee in the CFA so that you’ll understand how much is payable before you sign up. For your peace of mind, we should tell you that success fees are legally capped.
Our Team Is Here To Listen
Now that you’re nearing the final part of this article about Bolton walk-in centre negligence claims, it’s time to let you know how to contact us. If you’d like to start your claim with us, you can:
- Contact our advice centre on 0800 073 8804 to discuss your claim.
- Ask an online specialist about how to claim via live chat.
- Email details about your case to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll call you back.
- Start your claim online by completing our enquiry form.
Our specialist advisors will be open with you about the chances of making a successful claim so that we don’t waste your time. You will receive free legal advice during a no-obligation telephone consultation. If it appears that your claim is strong enough, you could have a specialist medical negligence lawyer from our team appointed. If they take your claim on, it will be funded using our No Win No Fee solution.
Need More Help?
Thanks for reading the information we have provided regarding claiming for the harm caused by Bolton walk-in centre medical negligence. In this final part of our guide, we’ve linked to some websites that might prove helpful during your claim.
Royal Albert Edward Inspection – The latest report from the Care Quality Commission.
Duty Of Care For Nurses – Details about the levels of care expected of nurses from the Royal College of Nursing.
NHS Complaints Guidance – Government advice on how to proceed with a complaint against the NHS.
As Legal Expert can offer support in other types of compensation claims, we have linked to some of our guides below:
Bolton Employment Law Solicitors – Information on how our lawyers could help with employment claims.
Spinal Injury Claims – Details about how you could claim for a back injury caused by somebody else’s negligence.
No Win No Fee Agreements – More advice on how No Win No Fee agreements work.
If you need any further guides or information, please get in touch with our team today.
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Thanks for reading our guide on Bolton walk-in centre medical negligence.
Guide by Hambridge
Edited by Billing