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

Can I Claim For Clinical Negligence At A Walk In Centre In Preston?

If you have experienced clinical negligence at a walk-in centre in Preston you could be entitled to claim compensation, and that is what this guide is about.

We place our trust in doctors and medical sector workers. Whether you are at the dentist, at the GP or having a long stay in the hospital, you rely on the people treating you to do so to the best of their abilities. 

Serious harm can be caused by failing to meet these standards. Harming a patient through failing to uphold the standards expected of medical professionals is known as medical negligence. This kind of negligence can be grounds for taking legal action against those responsible and demanding compensation.

Preston walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Preston walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Legal Expert has a team of advisors who can provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision about seeking compensation for being harmed by medical negligence. 

We also have No Win No Fee lawyers at our disposal who can take up your case and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us if you wish to enquire about working with us on a claim or if you have questions to ask. You can reach us by:

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  1. A Guide To Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims
  2. What Is Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence?
  3. Walk-In Healthcare And Medical Centres In Preston
  4. When Should I Go To The Urgent Care Or Walk-In Centre?
  5. Negligent Minor Injuries Unit Services
  6. Negligent Minor Infection Care Services
  7. Negligent Sexual Healthcare Services
  8. Negligent Medication Errors
  9. Settlement Calculator For Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
  10. Claim For Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence With A No Win No Fee Agreement
  11. Speak To An Expert
  12. Where To Learn More

A Guide To Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

You may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you can prove that you have had your health affected by negligent treatment in a Preston walk-in centre. You may have been thinking about whether or not you could get compensation for what has happened when you looked up this page. 

It is important that you know how making a compensation claim works so that you can make an informed decision about trying to approach a lawyer to make a medical negligence claim.

In this guide, we are going to go through the different circumstances in which you could become the victim of medical negligence at a walk-in centre in Preston, what kind of effects it could have and how it would justify making a potential compensation claim.

We will also cover some important details such as the benefits of making a No Win No Fee claim with our team of lawyers and show you our alternative to a compensation calculator which could help you get an idea of how much money you could be entitled to and how it is calculated. 

You can use the contact details at the top or bottom of this page to get in touch with us if you want more information or would like to discuss making a claim with one of our lawyers.

What Is Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence is when a healthcare professional does not carry out their jobs to the standard expected of them and in a way that puts their patients’ health at risk. 

Violating procedures, inflicting deliberate harm on their patient and making genuine mistakes due to a lack of experience or training all can be classed as medical negligence. When a doctor commits medical negligence the patients’ health can be harmed.

Medical negligence can occur in any healthcare setting. GP offices, hospitals, surgery, dentists, opticians, care homes and walk-in centres. Clinical negligence in any one of these settings can put a patient’s health at risk. 

This particular guide deals with medical negligence in walk-in centres in Preston. We will cover in the following sections some of the different ways in which medical negligence could occur in settings like these.

Medical negligence can constitute grounds for making a compensation claim. This means that if proof can be provided that medical negligence did occur and that you suffered unnecessary health complications, then you could be entitled to claim and receive compensation.

If you have any questions or would like advice on making a claim, just get in touch.

Walk-In Healthcare And Medical Centres In Preston

There are a number of walk-in centres to choose from in Preston, and they’re found in the two hospitals within the city:

  • UCC Royal Preston Hospital
  • Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

Both centres can help you with urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses.

When Should I Go To The Urgent Care Or Walk-In Centre?

Walk-in centres, sometimes also called urgent treatment centres or urgent care centres, are a type of clinic operated by the NHS that provides treatment for minor injuries and illnesses that need to be seen quickly.  

This means you don’t need to wait for a GP’s appointment but also do not require something as urgent as going to an A&E unit for treatment.

Walk-in centres can deal with things like:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Stings and bites
  • Minor burns
  • Stomach pains
  • Eye infections
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Rashes

Walk-in centres are not equipped or staffed for dealing with more serious health problems. If you are suffering from more serious injuries or illnesses then you should either get to a hospital or call 999. 

If you are unsure about whether or not you are suffering from the type of problem warrants going to a walk-in centre, either call 111 or visit this NHS page on when to visit an urgent treatment centre.

Negligent Minor Injuries Unit Services

Walk-in centres sometimes are referred to as minor injury units. This is because they can often provide treatment and diagnosis for non-serious injuries that cannot be left unattended, but also cannot be used as a reason to call an ambulance. 

This is an important service because it takes the strain off of A&E units and prevents people from wasting the NHS’s time by using ambulances and A&E departments when they don’t need to. Injuries which walk-in centres can treat include:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Sprains

If you have an injury more severe than this, you should go to a hospital or call 999.

Medical negligence could occur in a number of different ways when it comes to the treatment and diagnosis of minor injuries. The diagnosis of the injury could be incorrect, for example. This could result in an injury being aggravated by not receiving proper treatment. 

It could also result in an injury that is more serious than it appears being misdiagnosed and not treated correctly. This situation in particular could cause serious health complications.

Improper treatment of an injury can also result in long-lasting problems resulting from what should have otherwise been an inconsequential injury. For example, a minor cut or laceration could become infected if it is not cleaned properly or could result in scarring if stitches are not applied in the correct manner. 

If you would like more information on making a compensation claim in relation to this kind of medical negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact us for information.

Negligent Minor Infection Care Services

Minor illnesses and infections are an appropriate cause for attending a walk-in centre. These kinds of ailments could include

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Chest infection symptoms
  • Ear infection symptoms
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea, vomiting or stomach cramps
  • Skin conditions, like rashes.

The role of a walk-in centre in handling these illnesses is to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. It is not always safe to assume that because the symptoms seem to be that of a minor injury that it is harmless or will pass on its own. Sometimes minor injuries could cause pain, inconvenience and disruption to the patient’s life if not properly treated. 

Diagnosing illnesses correctly is crucial as well. What appears to be a minor illness could at times be the early sign of something altogether more serious, such as potentially even cancer.

If the diagnosis and treatment of a minor illness were negligent and negatively impacted your health you could be entitled to compensation. We have a dedicated page with further details on what to do about claiming compensation for a misdiagnosis.

You can also get in touch with our team on the number at the top of this page for more advice.

Negligent Sexual Healthcare Services

Some walk-in centres offer sexual health services. These could include:

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing
  • Pregnancy-related care
  • Provision of contraception.

As with the kind of illnesses laid out in the previous section, an STI can escalate into a severe long term health problem if not diagnosed and treated properly. 

Pregnancy-related issues also must be dealt with properly, as they could pose a risk to the mother’s life and to that of the child, with the additional risk of a baby being born with birth injuries.

If a walk-in centre is providing contraceptives, then they must ensure that they are safe and effective. If a contraceptive product is defective, for example, if it has expired, then the recipient runs the risk of an unwanted pregnancy or contracting an STI. 

Call our team for more information about making a compensation claim for medical negligence in a walk-in centre.

Negligent Medication Errors

Some walk-in centres are staffed with doctors or nurses with the authorisation to dispense medications or give prescriptions. Not all, however, are authorised to provide repeat prescriptions. You should look up your local walk-in centres to find out what kind of prescription services they are able to provide before you attend.

If they do provide prescription services then they have a duty of care to ensure that any medication they provide is effective, appropriate and safe. Providing a patient with the incorrect medication or an incorrect prescription can lead to a number of health complications. 

A health condition could worsen because the medication is ineffective at treating it, or worse, the medication itself could directly cause harm to the patient. There are a number of ways in which negligence could cause a patient to receive an inappropriate medication prescription.

  • Giving a prescription that could react to medication the patient is already using
  • Giving medication that could react to a patient who abuses alcohol or other substances
  • Giving medication that could trigger an allergic reaction
  • Giving the wrong dosage of medication.

For further information on making a claim against a doctor or a walk-in surgery for the wrong dosage, please read this page.

Settlement Calculator For Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

Working out the amount of compensation you could be entitled to requires speaking to a lawyer and assessing how severely your health and life has been impacted by the negligence. Many different factors go into this and no two situations are identical. Calculating damages includes factoring in things like:

  • The amount of pain experienced
  • The extent to which the health problems are long term
  • The degree of emotional distress you have experienced
  • The amount of treatment needed to recover
  • The extent to which the illness or injury is disfiguring.

This alternative to a compensation calculator may help you to understand how much money you could potentially receive for your injuries. It shows rough estimates for the value of compensation for certain types of injuries. These numbers are based on official figures produced by the Judicial College.

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Injury Compensation
Failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy resulting in infertility £31,950 to £95,850
Delay in diagnosing ectopic pregnancy £3,180 to £19,170
Amputation of little finger £8,110 to £11,490
Amputation of ring and middle finger In the region of £20,480
Loss of thumb £33,330 to £51,460
Disfiguring scar(s) £7,350 to £21,330
Serious long lasting toxicosis £36,060 to £49,270
Illness causing debilitation and pain for some weeks. Up to £3,710
Injuries that heal within three months £1,290 to £2,300

In addition to compensation for the physical and psychological impact of an injury or illness, you could also be entitled to special damages. These cover the monetary losses and expenditures you have endured because of your injury. This includes things like:

  • Losing income from taking time off work
  • Spending money paying for home care
  • Money spent ruminating someone who helped look after you
  • Money spent on transport costs incurred by the injury or illness
  • Money spent on plans that had to be cancelled
  • Money spent on treatment and medication for treating the results of medical negligence.

For any further information please call our team.

Claim For Preston Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence With A No Win No Fee Agreement

Taking on a medical negligence lawyer means paying legal fees for their service. The cost of legal fees can vary depending on the lawyer, but for some people, the price could be prohibitive. You can avoid this situation, however, by making a No Win No Fee claim with Legal Expert.

A No Win No Fee agreement takes some of the risk and financial burden out of making a claim. In a No Win No Fee claim, the claimant doesn’t have to pay any legal fees to their lawyer before starting their case, or in the event that the claim is unsuccessful. 

The lawyer is only paid through receiving a small portion of the claimant’s compensation in a successful claim, an amount that is capped by law. 

If you want more information about this type of claim, call our team for advice or read this page.

Speak To An Expert

Our team of experts can offer a free consultation on making a medical negligence claim to anyone who calls us. They are there to help you if anything you have read here doesn’t answer the questions you have. 

They are also the people you should speak to if you are considering working with one of our lawyers in making a medical negligence claim.

You can get in touch using any of the following methods:

Where To Learn More

When to call 999 – NHS guide on when to call, and when not to call, 999.

If you’d like to learn more about GP negligence claims, this guide will help. 

Or if you would like more information on dental negligence, we have a dedicated page you can check out.

And we also have a more detailed guide on medical negligence generally which may be useful.

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