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

If you require urgent medical care, you might need to take a trip to A&E. However if it is not a medical emergency you could have an alternative. You could attend your local urgent care walk-in centre. These were introduced to help reduce the strain on some A&E departments. Importantly, doctors and nurses at walk-in centres owe you the same duty of care as those who work in hospitals and offer many of the same treatments. In this article, we are going to explore when you could claim for a Gloucester walk-in centre medical negligence incident. Additionally, we’ll look at what services are offered at walk-in centres, when mistakes could happen, and the amount of compensation that could be awarded too.

Gloucester walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Gloucester walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

To be eligible to claim compensation, not only does medical negligence need to have happened, but you also need to have suffered some form of harm because of it. Claims can be bought against individuals, NHS trusts or private health professionals.

If you are thinking of claiming, Legal Expert is here to help. We provide free claims advice and will assess any case on a no-obligation basis. After your review, if your claim has good grounds, we could partner you with one of our specialist solicitors. Any claims they take on will be conducted using our No Win No Fee service.  They will also work hard to try and make sure the correct level of compensation is achieved.

To start a walk-in centre medical negligence claim today, please call 0800 073 8804. Or please read on to find out more about your options.

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A Guide To Claims For A Gloucester Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

While this guide will look at claiming for medical negligence at a Gloucester walk-in centre, the details we’ll share could be used for other areas too. You’ll find walk-in centres (or urgent care centres) in larger cities and towns in the UK. Usually, you can walk in without an appointment. You could also be referred by your GP or NHS 111. Many of these centres are operated by the NHS. However, some are private healthcare firms. Whoever operates the walk-in centre, owes a duty of care.

Compensation claims are sometimes possible if you are injured, become ill or a pre-existing ailment is made worse following negligent treatment. We’ll provide details of what treatments are offered later on.

Claims might be possible for harm caused by misdiagnosis, medication errors or failure to refer. We’ll look at what forms of negligence could lead to a claim in more detail later on. To show what level of compensation could be awarded, we’ve added a table of settlement amounts too.

As with other types of claim, medical negligence cases have a time limit. Usually, you’ll have 3-years from the date of the negligent act. This period could be extended if you didn’t find out about your injuries until later on, though, or that negligence had caused them. If your child has been injured or made ill due to medical negligence, you could represent them in a claim. You can do this at any point prior to their 18th birthday.

In the final sections of this article, we’ll discuss No Win No Fee agreements. This method of funding your solicitor can make the process a lot less stressful and reduce your financial risk. For more details on the services Legal Expert provide, please contact one of our advisors today.

What Could Be Clinical Negligence At A Gloucester Walk-In Centre?

When you receive treatment from a registered medical professional, you need to put faith in their ability to keep you safe. In fact, though, they have a legal duty of care to do so. Professionals including nurses, dentists, doctors and surgeons too all have to follow the correct procedures and do all they can to keep you safe.

It might be possible to claim compensation if the duty of care is breached, but you must be able to provide evidence that you suffered as a result. For instance, claims might be possible for new injuries or illnesses that result from negligent treatment. Here are some general examples of negligence that could entitle you to claim:

  • Receiving an incorrect negligent diagnosis.
  • Having the wrong medication prescribed.
  • Not being sent to see a specialist for additional tests.
  • Being given medication that you’re allergic to.
  • Receiving an incorrect dosage of medication.

It is not enough for the above list to have happened. They must have happened because of negligent treatment. Importantly, you must have suffered harm because of this negligence. Don’t worry if you don’t see an example that matches your case. We could still help if any type of medical negligence causes you to suffer. Please get in touch today if you’d like a no-obligation assessment of your case.

Gloucester Walk-In Centres Operated By The NHS

There are quite a few minor injury units in the Gloucester area. Some are within hospitals while others are within GP surgeries. They all offer treatment of urgent healthcare issues which are not life-threatening. While you are able to attend without an appointment, you could be referred by a doctor. You can always check with NHS 111 if you’re not sure where to get treated. For guidance, here are a few of the walk-in centres in the Gloucester area:

  • Cheltenham General Hospital.
  • Stroud General Hospital.
  • Ledbury Community Health Centre.
  • Cirencester Hospital.
  • Lydney & District Hospital.
  • North Cotswold Hospital.

Not all walk-in centres are NHS run. There are also private practices that operate walk-in medical centres.

When Can I Get Treatment At A Walk-In Centre?

On this NHS website, you can locate the nearest walk-in centre to your home address. Also, you can check what treatments are available. As mentioned earlier, walk-in centres aren’t equipped for life-threatening injuries, so you should either call an ambulance or attend A&E in those situations. Here are some of the ailments that could be treated at walk-in centres:

  • Fevers or high temperature.
  • Eye problems.
  • Throat or ear infections.
  • Rashes and skin irritations.
  • Stings and bites.
  • Suspected broken limbs.
  • Emergency contraception.
  • Cuts and grazes.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Coughs or colds.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Minor head injuries.
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Burns or scalds.

Whatever injury or illness you attend for, if you are treated negligently, and you suffer as a result, we could help you start legal proceedings. Please call today and we’ll review your case for free.

Negligent Treatment Of A Minor Injury

In the list in the previous section, you will see that many minor injuries are treatable at walk-in centres. It is fair to say that in this country we have one of the best healthcare providers – the NHS. The service that is provided is very high. Here are some examples of mistakes that could happen due to medical negligence:

  • Failing to refer you to a specialist. For example, if you arrived with a suspected broken wrist but the doctor doesn’t send you for an x-ray at a hospital even though you were clearly showing signs of a fracture. Therefore, this could cause your fracture to worsen unnecessarily.
  • Incorrect diagnosis. It is not always possible to diagnose an injury or illness on the first appointment but if your doctor failed to refer you for tests or examine you correctly this could cause additional problems.
  • Medication errors. If you’re given the wrong medication, you could suffer additional problems. Firstly, your existing condition could get worse because of a lack of treatment. Secondly, you could suffer an adverse reaction to the drug.

If you would like free advice on how to claim, please call our team today. We’ll assess any claim without obligation, and you could be partnered with one of our medical negligence solicitors. If that happens, they’ll manage your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

Negligent Treatment Of A Minor Infection

In addition to having an injury treated, you could visit a walk-in centre if you have a minor illness or infection. Colds, chest infections and skin infections could all be treated at an urgent care facility. It is vital that the doctor or nurse listens to what you are saying at your appointment. If they fail to listen carefully to your symptoms or fail to examine you correctly they could miss important factors that could diagnose you correctly. Here are some examples of possible medical negligence:

  • If you are given the wrong medication. This could involve the wrong dosage, a medicine you’re known to be allergic to, or the completely wrong drug.
  • You were not sent for specialist tests. This might be because the doctor underestimated the severity of your illness.
  • Your illness was misdiagnosed. For example, the doctor failed to listen to your symptoms correctly and diagnosed a wrong illness.

Proving medical negligence can be tricky. That’s why we’d advise that you take on specialist legal representation. Legal Expert offers a free assessment of any claim. If your case has good grounds, we could appoint one of our expert solicitors to your case. Why not call us today to find out more?

Negligence In Family Planning And Sexual Health Care

Many walk-in centres offer family planning services. They also offer treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and provide emergency contraception. Sexually transmitted diseases if not diagnosed correctly and treated appropriately could cause all kinds of serious problems.

Potential medical negligence at a family planning clinic:

  • The health advisor failed to send you for additional tests when you were showing signs of an infection. This caused your condition to deteriorate.
  • Your infection got worse and caused complication because you were given the incorrect medication.
  • The infection was diagnosed incorrectly meaning it wasn’t treated properly. This lead to you suffering further medical conditions.

There is a chance that a patient could suffer long-term problems like infertility if some infections are not treated correctly. For advice on how to start your claim, please contact our advice line today.

Negligent Medication Errors

In the UK, we have an excellent national health service that means we can see a doctor when we need to. We are also very lucky to be able to get prescription medication very easily. In the vast majority of cases, the medication that’s issued resolves the problem or eases symptoms successfully. However, if there are times, though, when medication errors occur patients may suffer harm as results.

Here are some examples of how a medication mistake could cause the patient to suffer:

  • Dispensing mistakes. If a pharmacist issues a different drug to the one prescribed, the patient could suffer an adverse reaction. Additionally, their original ailment could be made worse by a lack of treatment.
  • Allergic reactions. Doctors should check medical records before prescribing to check if the patient is known to have an allergy to a particular drug.
  • Dosage errors. Drug manufacturers provide advice on what dose is suitable for different people. If medicines that are too weak are prescribed, they may be ineffective. If they are too strong, adverse reactions could cause serious side effects.
  • Mixing drugs. Doctors should check that any medication they prescribe is known to cause problems with other drugs you’re currently taking.

We can help you with your claim if you’ve been harmed by a prescribing error at a walk-in centre. Please call our team today and we’ll assess your options for free.

Calculating Compensation Claims For Medical Negligence At A Gloucester Walk-In Centre

Now we are going to move on to look at compensation amounts. In most cases, your solicitor will begin with the ‘general damages’ element first. This is a payment that compensates you for any pain and suffering that resulted from medical negligence. It also covers loss of amenity too.

We have included a compensation table to help you in this section. It includes data taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) pertaining to some relevant injuries. Solicitors may use the JCG to help calculate settlement figures.

The information in this part of our guide should give you some idea about how much compensation could be awarded. However, should you contact us to review your case, we will be able to provide you with a personalised compensation estimate. Please feel free to get in touch when you’re ready to discuss your case.

Type of Injury Compensation Range Additional Notes
Loss of sexual function (male) / Impotence Around £139,210 Psychological damage and the age of the claimant will be factors that determine the compensation amount.
Male Sterility £52,620 to £66,970 This compensation bracket is for when impotence doesn’t result and there are no further aggravating factors.
Infertility (female) £107,810 to £158,970 The level of scarring, pain, depression and anxiety are factors that will be considered in this category.
Non-traumatic injuries £36,060 to £49,270 These severe cases could include toxicosis.
Non-traumatic injuries £3,710 to £8,950 In this category, there will be reduced bowel function, fatigue, cramping and pain which will take up to 2-years to resolve.
Non-traumatic injuries £860 to £3,710 Cases of diarrhoea and cramping that take up to a few weeks to resolve.

You may have noticed while reading that the severity of your injury is a factor that determines how much compensation is awarded. Therefore, you may need to attend a local medical assessment during your claim. At your appointment, an independent expert will review your injuries. Then they will also ask some questions about how you have been affected. Finally, your medical notes may be reviewed if they are available.

Once the appointment is completed, the medical expert will write a report to be sent to your solicitor or to you depending on if you have chosen to use legal representation.

Claiming Expenses And Financial Losses

You could make a claim for financial losses too if the medical negligence against you has left you out of pocket. This is known as a special damages claim. You should not benefit from special damages but you should be put back to the financial position you were in before your claim. Special damages could include:

  • Medical Expenses.
    To cover the cost of prescription medicines for instance. You could also claim for some non-NHS treatments.
  • Care Costs.
    You could claim for the time taken by a friend to support you while you were recovering. Alternatively, the cost of a professional carer could be claimed back.
  • Travel Costs.
    This could cover parking fees and fuel costs linked to medical appointments.
  • Vehicle or Home Adaptations.
    You may be able to include these if the changes will make it easier to cope with disabilities caused by medical negligence.
  • Lost Income.
    You may have lost money because you needed time off work to recover or visit your doctor.
  • Future Loss of Earnings.
    If you aren’t able to work as much as before because of your injuries, you may need to add this element to your claim.

No Win No Fee Claims For A Gloucester Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

We know that people often put off claiming because they worry about how much a solicitor will cost. Having a solicitor represent your case is not a legal requirement however many people see this as an easier way to claim. So we offer a solution. Our solicitors use No Win No Fee agreements to fund their work. That means that you’ll find that claiming becomes less stressful and your financial risks are reduced.

When you first contact us, your claim will need to be assessed. If your solicitor believes there is a chance to win the claim, you’ll be provided with a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to review. This is the contract between you and your solicitor. Therefore, the CFA will show how your claim will be managed and it will also show you that:

  • Firstly, no payment is required to your solicitor prior to the claim starting.
  • Secondly, solicitor’s fees aren’t charged while the claim is being handled.
  • And finally, if a claim fails, we do not charge any solicitor’s fees at all.

The only time solicitor’s fees are billed is if they win compensation for you. Therefore, if that happens, a percentage of your settlement will be kept by your solicitor. Importantly, this percentage is shown in the CFA as a success fee. This fee, which is capped legally, is used to pay for the solicitor’s time and costs.

Please call today if you would like us to check if you could claim using our No Win No Fee service.

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We are fast approaching the end of this article about medical negligence claim against a Gloucester walk-in centre. We appreciate the time you’ve taken to read it and would like to work with you if you want to start a claim. To contact our team, you can:

  • Give us a call on 0800 073 8804 to register your interest to claim.
  • Provide your details via our enquiry form so that we can get back to you.
  • Send an email about why you’d like to start a claim to info@legalexpert.co.uk.
  • Finally, ask an online advisor about your options in live chat.

So that we don’t offer any false hope about the chances of winning your claim, our team will provide honest advice throughout your call. The process starts with a no-obligation telephone assessment. In addition, you’ll also receive completely free legal advice. If your claim appears viable, we could appoint a solicitor to help you. Then if they take your claim on, it will be conducted on a No Win No Fee basis.

Need More Help?

You have reached the last section of our article on medical negligence claims against a Gloucester walk-in centre. Therefore, to provide additional support, we have added some external resources that you might find helpful during your claim.

Cheltenham General Hospital Inspection – The latest inspection details and rating from the Care Quality Commission.

Good Medical Practice – Information from the General Medical Council on what it means to be a good doctor.

Where To Get Emergency Treatment – A list of emergency services offered by the NHS.

To demonstrate some of the other types of compensation claims we could help you make, please take a look at the guides below:

Workplace Injury Claims – This article shows when you could claim for injuries caused by workplace accidents.

Hospital Negligence – Information about claiming for suffering caused by negligence in a hospital.

Trips, Slips And Falls – This guide looks at how much compensation could be paid for injuries caused by a fall.

Other Medical Negligence Claim Guides That May Be Helpful

Written By Hambridge

Edited By Melissa.

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