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

I Was Injured At A Newport Walk In Centre, Can I Make A Claim?

If you have experienced medical negligence at a Newport walk-in centre, you may be able to claim compensation for the suffering, impact on your quality of life and the pain you’ve suffered, as well as the financial impact of your injuries.

There are certain standards of care that services such as GP out of hours services, walk-in centres and urgent treatment centres must adhere to. If they do not, and a breach in the duty of care towards a patient causes them undue suffering and pain, this could constitute medical negligence.

This guide explains more about how Newport walk-in centre medical negligence could occur, and how you could claim compensation for the suffering you’ve experienced because of it.

Newport walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Newport walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

In the sections below, we offer an explanation of the tests that must be met for a successful medical negligence claim. We also explain the services that walk-in centres could offer, how they could go wrong, and what the consequences of medical negligence could be.

We also offer some insight into how we could help you fight for compensation if you’ve been harmed by Newport-walk-in centre negligence, and how you could start a claim without needing to pay a lawyer until your compensation had been paid out.

To speak to us today about your claim, or to get started with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors, simply call our helpline on 0800 073 8804.

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A Guide To Newport Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

There are a number of reasons you may have visited a Newport walk-in centre for medical treatment or advice. You might have struggled to get an appointment with your own GP, or perhaps you wanted to get advice out of the usual opening hours of your GP practice. You may not have registered with a GP in your local area but require medical assistance.

While walk-in centres are largely staffed by nurses, in some cases they could offer access to other medical professionals, such as doctors or radiographers. Like all medical professionals, Newport walk-in medical centre staff should provide you with a minimum standard of care.

But what happens if they breach the duty of care they have towards you, and you suffer undue harm as a result?

What Happens If Something Goes Wrong At A Newport Walk-in Centre?

Whether you receive negligent medical advice, a misdiagnosis, or suffer harm because of a prescription error, there are a number of unpleasant consequences that could occur. You could have a reaction to medication you should not have been prescribed, or your medical condition could deteriorate due to a misdiagnosis or negligent medical advice.

These examples may have a profound, long-lasting impact on your health. No matter how minor or severe the consequences are, if you’ve suffered due to Newport walk-in centre clinical negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation.

This guide answers many questions that claimants might have about making a claim for Newport walk-in centre medical negligence such as:

  • What is a doctor’s duty of care?
  • How can I find a walk in medical centre near me?
  • What could constitute a misdiagnosis?
  • How much compensation could I get for negligent sexual health advice?

We also explain how Legal Expert could help you fight for the compensation you deserve for the harm you’ve suffered due to malpractice or negligence.

What Is Newport Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence?

There is a certain standard of care that must be met by medical professionals such as a doctor, nurse or another health care workers, whether they are working at a Newport walk-in centre, a hospital or a GP practice.

The overriding principle is that patients should receive safe, effective care. If a breach of a medical professional’s duty of care towards you causes you harm, this could constitute medical negligence.

Is It Negligence?

Not all incidents where things go wrong are as a result of negligence by medical professionals, however. Sometimes, there are unforeseen complications to a condition, and some conditions may be very difficult to diagnose correctly.

The human body is a complex thing, and while doctors and nurses should take all reasonable steps to correctly diagnose and treat you, sometimes events are out of their control. Therefore, there are certain tests that must be met for a successful medical negligence claim, including:

  • The claimant must have been owed a duty of care
  • The duty of care towards them must have been breached
  • The breach of duty must have caused them legally-recognised harm. This is known as causation, i.e. did the breach of duty cause or contribute to the injuries or illness

In cases of medical negligence, there are other tests that could be used. One of these is the Bolam test. This means that the medical professional’s actions are tested against what is accepted to be responsible and proper practice.

If they do not measure up against what is acceptable, and a patient suffers harm, this could mean the claimant is eligible to make claim against them, provided they can evidence their failures.

Examples Of Newport Walk-in Centre Medical Negligence

If you’re wondering what types of negligence could affect patients using an NHS walk-in centre in Newport, Wales, here are some examples:

  • Misdiagnoses – if, for example, you attend a Newport walk-in centre with a swollen wrist, and are misdiagnosed with a strain, when you have actually broken your wrist, it may not heal as well, and this could cause long-term issues.
  • Failure to refer to other services – for example, if you attend a walk-in centre with symptoms of a brain injury, and you are sent home to rest when you should have been referred to hospital, your condition could deteriorate, and this may make your injury more difficult to treat.
  • Wrong treatment – if you are given the wrong treatment for an illness, you may not be able to recover as quickly or as well as you should.
  • Negligent sexual health advice – if you are given negligent sexual health advice, for example, you attend with symptoms of an STI and are told you don’t have one, your suffering could be prolonged, and you may even pass the infection on to someone else.
  • Negligent pregnancy advice – if you have concerns about symptoms you are suffering during pregnancy, and the correct actions are not taken, this could harm you or your unborn baby.
  • A medication error or prescription error – getting the right medication at the correct dose is important when treating illnesses. If you receive an overdose, an underdose, or the wrong medication, this could seriously impact your condition.

If you can prove that a Newport NHS walk-in centre has been negligent and you’ve suffered harm as a result, we could assess your case for free to let you know whether you’d be eligible to claim.

Walk-In Centres Covering Newport, Wales

If you have concerns about your health in Wales, there are a number of walk-in services and non walk-in services you could access for minor injuries or a minor illness. These could include:

  • Alway Clinic – This offers access to NHS GP out of hours via the 111 services. It is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 1pm
  • St Pauls Clinic – This offers antenatal services, phlebotomy services and more.
  • Royal Gwent Hospital GUM Clinic – If you’re looking for a GUM service, this clinic offers sexual health advice and a range of other services from Men’s health to a contraception clinic.
  • Friars Walk Newport – This is an NHS dental practice that could offer urgent care services

Whichever Newport walk-in medical centre you attend, you should receive an effective, safe standard of care. If you can prove that you’ve been the victim of negligence by a GP out of hours service or a Newport NHS walk-in centre, we could help you begin a claim for compensation.

Services Provided By NHS Walk-In Clinics

Walk-in centres are meant for those with minor injuries and illnesses that require medical advice/treatment but are not serious enough for hospital treatment. They could include:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • Emergency contraception
  • Hayfever
  • Infections/rashes
  • Insect bites/animal bites
  • Minor burns
  • Minor strains
  • Stomach aches, diarrhoea and episodes of vomiting
  • Wound and dressing care

The professionals working in a Newport walk-in centre could, in some cases, prescribe medication to you, including antibiotics. They are only meant to prescribe medication on a short-term basis and not for serious conditions.

If you have a serious condition, you may therefore be sent to somewhere more well-equipped to provide you with care, such as a hospital.

Negligence In Treatment Of Minor Injuries

A minor injury is one that may require medical attention but not necessarily at a hospital. Examples of injuries a walk-in centre could help with could include:

  • Suspected broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Scalds and burns
  • Minor head injuries
  • Cuts and grazes
  • Bites and stings

While these may be classed as minor injuries, they should still be carefully assessed and safe, effective care should be given to ensure optimal recovery.

For example, if you suspect you have a broken bone and this cannot be ruled out at the centre, you should expect that the walk-in centre would refer you for further tests elsewhere to confirm your diagnosis.

Another example would be if you attended with a wound that needed stitches, your wound would be cleaned before stitching to avoid infection. If you did not receive safe, effective treatment as illustrated above, and this caused you to suffer undue harm, this could constitute Newport walk-in centre medical negligence—provided you can prove their failings.

Healthcare-Acquired Infections

There are also infections and illnesses that are not serious enough for hospital treatment but that could necessitate a visit to a Newport walk-in centre for advice and treatment. The types of infection and illnesses such a clinic could treat could include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Ear infections
  • Eye problems
  • Skin infections/rashes
  • Stomach pain
  • Throat infections
  • Vomiting

Getting an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment and advice to manage your symptoms is crucial when it comes to your recovery.

Medical professionals working at a Newport walk-in medical centre would have certain protocols to follow when diagnosing and treating minor illnesses and infections. If you receive a misdiagnosis, the wrong treatment, or they fail to refer you to other services when they should, this could lead to your condition deteriorating, which could mean it becomes harder to treat.

If you can prove you have experienced Newport walk-in centre negligence that relates to a minor illness or infection, we’d be happy to check your case to see if you could be eligible for compensation.

Sexual Health And Maternity Care Negligence

There are walk-in clinics that offer sexual health care and maternity care. It is vital that these clinics provide safe effective care and good advice, as if things go wrong, it may not affect just the patient, but other people too. Here are some examples:

  • Negligent STI diagnosis – the failure to accurately diagnose an STI may lead to it affecting a person’s fertility, but it could also mean they pass the infection on to someone else.
  • Negligent pregnancy advice – if symptoms of a problem with pregnancy are not properly assessed, this could risk the condition of the mother and their unborn child.

These are just some examples of how negligent medical advice and misdiagnosis could affect those seeking sexual health or pregnancy advice. If you believe you have been harmed by negligent GUM services, we could provide you with a solicitor to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Medication And Drug Administration Errors

If you attend a Newport walk-in clinic with symptoms of a condition that requires medication, they may be able to prescribe this to you if it is for a minor, short term condition. It is vital that you receive the correct medication, at the correct dosage in order for effective treatment of such conditions.

A medication error caused by Newport walk-in centre negligence could result in:

  • An under-prescription – this may not treat your condition effectively.
  • An over-prescription – this may mean you suffer symptoms of an overdose.
  • The wrong medication being taken – this could leave the original condition untreated as well as causing unpleasant side effects
  • Allergic reactions – if you are prescribed medication you are known to be allergic to, this could result in an allergic reaction

Whatever type of medication error you’ve suffered harm from, as an experienced law firm, we could help you get the maximum compensation possible for your claim provided you can prove breach of duty. Why not get in touch to get started with a claim?

Compensation Calculator For Newport Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

When calculating compensation for medical negligence, all the evidence specific to your case would have to be assessed. As part of a claim for Newport walk-in centre medical negligence, you’d need proof of your injuries and your prognosis.

The way in which this would be collected would be via an assessment with an independent medical expert. The expert would take a look at past medical notes, conduct an examination and speak to you about your injuries and then compile a report. This report would detail your prognosis as well as your condition and could be used to value your claim.

To give you some insight into the kinds of payouts some injuries that could relate to Newport walk-in centre negligence, we look to the Judicial College Guidelines. The table below contains guideline payouts taken from this publication, to give you an idea of how much a claim for such injuries could be worth.

We could not include every injury within the table below. If your injury is not listed, do feel free to call us and we will give you further information over the phone. The same goes for if you’d like a more precise estimate.

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Injuries suffered Compensation Bracket (Approx) Notes
Total impotence and lost sexual function (men) Around £139,210 In younger men. The compensation award would depend largely on the psychological impact on the victim, and the effects on their social and domestic life, as well as their age.
Total impotence and lost sexual function (men) £40,370 to £73,580 Permanent cases affecting men in middle-age when they already have children.
Sterility (men) £52,620 to £66,970 With no impotence or aggravating features
Infertility caused by injury or disease (female) £107,810 to £158,970 Claimants I this bracket may suffer anxiety, pain, scarring and depression.
Infertility caused by a failed diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy £31,950 to £95,850 With complications. The more complex the complications, the higher the award.
A delayed diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy £3,180 to £19,170 Cases where fertility is not affected. The removal of fallopian tube, extent of bleeding, whether a transfusion was required and the suffering and pain would be assessed in such cases.
Damage or illness caused by an injury that was non-traumatic £36,060 to £49,270 Toxicosis (severe)
Damage or illness caused by an injury that was non-traumatic £8,950 to £18,020 Poisoning (Serious but short-lived)
Damage or illness caused by an injury that was non-traumatic £3,710 to £8,950 Alteration of bowel function, fatigue, cramping symptoms caused by poisoning. Recovery would be possible within 1-2 years.
Damage or illness caused by an injury that was non-traumatic £860 to £3,710 Days or weeks of cramping, diarrhoea and pain.

Claiming Special Damages For Newport Walk-In Centre Clinical Negligence

The figures in the table above relate to the loss of amenity, suffering and pain caused by a claimant’s injuries. However, those claiming for Newport walk-in medical centre negligence could also claim for financial losses (special damages) incurred directly because of those injuries. These could include:

  • Income loss – some injuries may require claimants to abstain from work while they recover. This could mean they lose out on income. Income losses could form part of a claim in these cases.
  • Medical expenses – whether you’ve had to pay for medication, or you’ve needed physiotherapy or counselling because of your injuries, you could claim for such medical expenses.
  • Travel costs – expenses relating to travel to lawyer’s appointments and medical appointments could also form part of your claim.
  • Care costs – if your injuries have meant you’ve needed care at home, such as assistance with washing or dressing, for example, the costs of such care could be claimed for.

Any financial expenses you’re intending to include within your claim must be evidenced. It is vital, therefore, that you keep documents relating to these costs. Receipts, bank statements and payslips could all help evidence the expenses you’ve sustained as a direct result of your injuries.

No Win No Fee Claims For Negligence At A Newport Walk-In Centre

If you would like to benefit from assistance from a legal professional when making a claim for Newport walk-in centre medical negligence, it may interest you to know that you could get legal support without having to pay for it upfront.

All of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you would not pay them anything until such time as your claim for medical negligence had been successfully settled.

To start a claim under these terms, you’d be required to sign a document which your lawyer would send over to you – a Conditional Fee Agreement. The document would set out how much you’d have to pay your lawyer in the event of them securing a compensation payout for you. The ‘success fee’ as it is called, would be a small, legally capped percentage of your total payout. It would only need to be paid in cases where compensation was secured.

In the event that your claim failed, and no compensation was forthcoming, you would not pay this success fee, nor would you be liable to pay the costs that your solicitor had incurred while pursuing your Newport walk-in centre clinical negligence claim.

We recognise that you might wish to learn more about claiming in this manner, so we have created a further guide to help you. Of course, if you would prefer to speak to us to ask us about No Win No Fee claims, we’d be happy to talk to you.

Get In Touch With An Expert

To speak to one of our experts about starting a Newport walk-in centre medical negligence claim, or to benefit from a free, no-obligation case assessment, you can:

Where Can I Find Out More?

Royal College Of Nursing Principles – To learn more about principles set out by the RCN, why not read this guide?

NHS Values– The NHS Constitution For England has certain values and principles, which you can read about here.

NHS Services Near Me – If you’re looking to find a Newport walk-in centre, you can use the NHS website to find one.

Wrong Dosage Of Medication– Negligence could include being given the wrong dosage of a medication. Find out how to claim for such errors here.

A Doctor Breached Their Duty Of Care– Find out whether you could claim for clinical negligence by a doctor here.

Misdiagnosis – We have produced a guide specifically relating to claims for misdiagnosis, which you could read here.

Other Guides Available To Read

 

Thank you for reading our guide to Newport walk-in centre negligence.

 

Guide by Jeffries

Edited by Billing

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