Solihull Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence – No Win No Fee Claims
There are times when rather than visiting A&E, you could visit an NHS urgent care centre or walk-in centre. They were implemented to try and reduce pressure on A&E departments in hospitals. If you are treated by a nurse, doctor or another medical professional at a walk-in centre then they will owe you the same legal duty of care as if you were being treated in a hospital. This guide will explain when a person may be eligible to make a Solihull walk-in centre medical negligence claim. We will provide details of the services offered at walk-in centres, the types of negligence that could occur and why you might be entitled to compensation.
Importantly, to be entitled to make a claim, negligent treatment will need to have caused some form of harm. For example, it wouldn’t be possible to claim if a doctor gave you the wrong medication but there were no adverse effects. That said, you could claim against the NHS or private centres if you were harmed by negligent treatment.
Legal Expert is here to assist you if you are considering making a claim. Our specialists provide completely free legal advice. In addition, we offer to assess your claim on a no-obligation basis. Should your claim appear to be feasible, you may be referred to a medical negligence solicitor from our team. Any case that they decide to work on will be funded by a No Win No Fee agreement.
You can begin your claim today by contacting our advice centre on 0800 073 8804 today. To learn more about starting a claim for negligence in a Solihull walk-in centre before calling, please continue reading.
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- A Guide To Claiming For Medical Negligence At A Solihull Walk-in Centre
- What Is Negligence At A Solihull Walk-In Centre?
- Solihull Healthcare And Walk-In Centres
- What Medical Services Are Available At Walk-In Clinics?
- Negligent Care For Injuries
- Negligent Care For Infections And Illnesses
- Negligence In Family Planning Care
- Negligent Prescription Of Medications
- Clinical Negligence Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Claims For A Solihull Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
- Get In Contact Today
- Learn More About Clinical Negligence Claims
A Guide To Claiming For Medical Negligence At A Solihull Walk-in Centre
The purpose of this guide is to show you when you might be compensated for a Solihull walk-in centre medical negligence incident that causes you to suffer. Walk-in centres can be found in many large cities and towns so the details we’ll supply here could help for claims in other areas too. Also known as minor injury units, walk-in centres offer urgent medical treatment without an appointment. That said, it’s possible to be referred to one by NHS 111 or a GP.
You could start a claim if negligent treatment leads to an injury, illness or makes an existing condition worse. As we continue, we will show what treatments are offered by walk-in centres, what types of negligence might occur and why you might be able to ask for compensation.
In many cases, the types of negligence that can occur include misdiagnosis, prescribing errors or failure to refer. Later on, we’ll show potential compensation figures that could be paid for harm that results from these mistakes.
Medical negligence claims do have a time limit. In most cases, you will need to submit your claim within 3-years. That said, there are some exception so please check if you’re unsure. Claiming on behalf of a child who has suffered is possible at any point before they become 18-years old. If you don’t want to claim for your child’s injuries, then they will have 3-years to do so from their 18th birthday.
What Is Negligence At A Solihull Walk-in Centre?
At a medical walk-in centre, any registered medical professional who treats you has a duty of care to keep you as safe as possible. Medical negligence happens when they negligently breach their duty and cause to suffer in some way. This legal duty of care applies to nurses, doctors, sexual health workers and others.
If, as a result of negligent treatment, you become ill, injured or an existing issue is made worse, you might be able to request compensation. Essentially, you might be able to claim if you are harmed by any of the following:
- You were not sent to see a specialist despite showing symptoms of a complex medical condition (such as cancer).
- The medication that was prescribed was incorrect.
- You were given drugs that were too strong or too weak (incorrect dose).
- Your illness or injury was negligently misdiagnosed.
- Your doctor prescribed a drug that your medical records show you are allergic to.
This list isn’t comprehensive so don’t worry if you can’t see a scenario that matches yours. What is very important to remember though is you must have suffered harm as a consequence of the negligence to be able to claim. Legal Expert could assist your claim for any form of medical negligence that has caused you to suffer. Give our specialists a call today and they will review your case for free.
Solihull Healthcare And Walk-In Centres
Solihull walk-in centres offer urgent medical treatment for many conditions which are not life-threatening. To check if you need to visit A&E instead, you could contact NHS 111 in the first instance. For your information, we have listed some of the urgent care centres in the Solihull area below.
- Washwood Heath Urgent Care Centre.
- South Birmingham GP Walk-in Centre.
- Summerfield Urgent Care Centre.
- Princess of Wales Community Hospital.
- Sir Robert Peel Hospital.
- New Cross Hospital.
- Samuel Johnson Community Hospital.
What Medical Services Are Available At Walk-In Clinics?
We have listed some of the treatment provided by walk-in centres below. According to the NHS, you should not visit a walk-in centre if your condition is life-threatening. Instead, you should attend A&E for immediate treatment. Not all alk-in centre will offer the same treatment or treat the same illnesses. Some may be nurse lead while others will have doctors in attendance because of this you may choose a different walk-in centre. Medical issues that may be treated at walk-in centres could include;
- Vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Stomach pain.
- Bites and stings.
- Burns or scalds (minor).
- Cuts or grazes.
- Minor head injuries.
- Eye problems.
- Emergency contraception.
- Suspected broken bones.
- Skin irritations, rashes or infections.
- Fever in adults or children.
- Sprains or strains.
- Colds and coughs.
- Throat or ear infections.
Negligent Care For Injuries
There are many minor injuries that are treatable at urgent care centres. While the majority are successfully remedied, mistakes may happen on occasion. If you visit a walk-in centre you could claim if the harm was caused by:
- Misdiagnosis of your injury. For instance, long-term problems could be caused if a fractured bone is diagnosed as a sprain.
- Failure to send you to a specialist. Similar to above, if there is suspicion of a bone fracture, you should be sent for an x-ray. If that doesn’t happen, you could suffer a lot of pain because the bone doesn’t set properly.
- Prescription mistakes. Thankfully, this type of mistake isn’t too common. However, if you are given the wrong medication, you could suffer an adverse reaction. Alternatively, your injury might not get better because you are not taking the correct medication.
In addition, not all conditions are able to be diagnosed on the first visit. Just because a misdiagnosis has taken place may not always mean the doctor has been negligent. If you contact us today, your claim will be reviewed for free and a specialist will explain your options.
Negligent Care For Infections And Illnesses
Infections and illnesses are very commonly treated at walk-in centres. For example, you could visit because you have a chest infection, ear infection or a skin irritation. Any doctor who treats you should use their training to correctly diagnose your condition and then prescribe treatment to cure it. If you are treated in a negligent manner, if a doctor ignores your symptoms or fails to examine you correctly and you suffer as a consequence this may be considered as medical negligence. For example, claims could be made for suffering caused by:
- You doctor ignoring clear signs of infection therefore not issuing antibiotics.
- Negligently misdiagnosing your illness therefore prescribing the wrong medication.
- Failing to examine you correctly leading the wrong diagnosis.
- Not being sent for a test with a specialist for more complex illnesses.
If you would like your medical negligence case reviewed for free, why not call our team today? We will look at what happened, review your evidence, and explain your legal options. If your case is accepted by our specialist medical negligence solicitor, then it will proceed on a No Win No Fee basis.
Negligence In Family Planning Care
Some walk-in centres are able to provide emergency contraception and some family planning services. They could also diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Some common STIs that might be treated include genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis. It is important to treat these conditions correctly as, on occasion, they could lead to long-term harm like infertility.
Some of the types of negligence which could lead to suffering include:
- Being provided with the incorrect medication to treat your STI.
- Not being referred to a specialist if showing signs of serious diseases like HIV.
- Having your STI diagnosed as something else.
Negligent Prescription Of Medications
The NHS is an amazing organisation which allows us to see a doctor very quickly if we have medical concerns. In a very short appointment, your doctor can diagnose the problem and prescribe medication to treat it. Medical prescription errors could happen at different stages. Either when the medication is being prescribed or when it is being dispensed by the pharmacy.
The following list details some forms of medication negligence that could lead to a claim:
- Having a drug prescribed which is highlighted as an allergen on your medical records.
- Being given a drug that is either too weak to treat you or too strong and leads to adverse side effects.
- Being given drugs that react badly to other drugs you are known to be taking.
- If a pharmacist dispenses a drug which is different from the one prescribed by the doctor.
While some prescribing errors won’t cause any harm, others can lead to serious problems which result in hospitalisation for many weeks or months. If you believe you have suffered due to a prescription error, then you might be able to start a claim. Our team will happily assess your claim, review any supporting evidence and advise you of your options. Why not call us today to see if you might be entitled to claim?
Clinical Negligence Claims Calculator
In this section, we are going to look at potential compensation figures that could be paid for suffering caused by a walk-in centre medical negligence. Usually, your compensation calculation will start with general damages. This payment is used to cover the pain and suffering that was caused by negligence. This could include suffering caused by a new illness or injury. It could also cover existing conditions which were made worse.
The table that follows has been provided to show what amount of compensation could be paid for certain injuries. Its figures come from a document which solicitors use when settling claims called the Judicial College Guidelines.
We’d like to point out that the table has been provided for guidance. Your own personalised compensation estimate can be calculated once we have assessed your claim properly.
|Health issue||Severity||General Damages Range|
|Non-traumatic issue||Moderate||£3,710 to £8,950|
|Non-traumatic issue||Severe||£36,060 to £49,270|
|Non-traumatic issue||Serious||£8,950 to £18,020|
|Non-traumatic issue||Minor||£860 to £3,710|
|Loss of sexual function (male)||£40,370 to £73,580|
|Sterility (male)||£52,620 to £66,970|
|Infertility (female)||£107,810 to £158,970|
|Delayed diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy||£3,180 to £19,170|
As part of the claims process, you will be booked in to see a local independent medical specialist. During your medical assessment, the specialist will examine your injuries. They will also ask questions about how you’ve suffered and review your medical records. After they have completed their checks, they will write their findings in a report. That report will then be sent to your solicitor if you have decided to use one.
What Else Can Be Claimed For?
Another element of your claim could be for any money you have lost or spent as a direct result of your injuries. This part of the claim is called special damages. The idea here is to ensure you are put back in the same financial position as you were prior to the negligence. Special damages claims might include:
- Medical Expenses.
You could claim for some non-NHS services as well as prescription costs.
- Travel Costs.
If you make trips for medical appointments, you could claim back fuel and parking fees.
- Home Adaptations.
If you are left with a disability, you could claim for changes to your home that make it easier to cope.
- Care Costs.
This could include a professional carer’s fees. Also, you may be able to claim for the time provided by a friend who helped you during your recovery.
- Lost Earnings.
If you lose money because you take time away from work (to recover or attend medical appointments), you could claim these losses back.
- Future Loss of Earnings.
Similarly, if your injuries have an impact on your ability to work in the future, any potential lost income could be claimed.
No Win No Fee Claims For A Solihull Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
If you decide to use a No Win No Fee solicitor to help you pursue your case you can do so without paying an upfront legal fee. This service can make the claims process less stressful as you’ll get access to one of our experienced solicitors but with reduced financial risk.
At the beginning of your claim, a solicitor will check through everything to see if there is a reasonable chance of success. If they decide to take your claim on, they’ll prepare a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) for you. The CFA is a contract that will be used to fund your solicitor. It sets out on what condition you will pay your solicitor:
- No money needs to be paid to your solicitor to start the claim.
- Solicitor’s fees will not be charged to you while the claim is processed.
- If the claim is not successful, there will be no solicitor’s fees payable at all.
If the claim is won, your solicitor will be paid a success fee. This is a small percentage of any compensation you are paid. So that it’s clear before you agree to work with us, the success fee percentage is defined in the CFA. Furthermore, success fees are capped by law to prevent overcharging.
Get In Contact Today
We are almost at the last part of this guide on claiming for a Solihull walk-in centre medical negligence incident. There are a few ways to get in touch if you’re now thinking about claiming with Legal Expert. You can:
- Call our free advice line to speak with a specialist on 0800 073 8804.
- Explain what’s happened and how you have suffered in an email to email@example.com.
- Fill in this online enquiry form so that we can arrange to call you back.
- Ask an online advisor about your options in our live chat channel.
During your free telephone consultation, your advisor will be honest and open about the chances of winning your case so that we don’t offer false hope. Your evidence will be reviewed, and you will be given free legal advice. If the claim has a reasonable chance of success, you may be connected with one of our specialist solicitors. If they decide to handle your claim, it will be managed using our No Win No Fee service.
Learn More About Clinical Negligence Claims
Thank you for reading this article that set out to explain when compensation for a Solihull walk-in centre medical negligence incident could be paid. To assist you further, this section contains some links to external resources that may be useful if you decide to make a claim.
Washwood Heath Centre Inspection – The rating and inspection report provided by the Care Quality Commission.
Find A Doctor’s Record – The General Medical Council’s register of doctors.
How To Access Your Medical Records – You may need to obtain your medical notes for evidence during your claim.
Legal Expert offers support for many different types of compensation claim. Therefore, you’ll find a few of our guides below.
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PTSD Claims – Advice on how to claim if an accident has caused to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
School Accident Claims – Information on when you could claim if your child is injured in an accident at school.