West Bromwich Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence – No Win No Fee Claims
In this guide, we are going to look at West Bromwich walk-in centre medical negligence claims. We will explain the different types of treatment on offer, the errors that could cause you to suffer and review what compensation could be paid for that suffering.
Compensation For Negligent Treatment At A Walk-In Centre
Due to the amount of pressure on some NHS hospitals, walk-in centres, minor injuries units and urgent care centres have been introduced in some areas. They provide the same level of treatment and care as you’d expect at a hospital. That means the nurses, doctors and other medical professionals onsite have the same duty of care towards you.
Importantly, you are only allowed to claim compensation if you suffer as a direct result of medical negligence. For example, if you were given the wrong dose of medication and suffered adverse side effects as a result, a medical negligence claim might be possible. If that were the case, your claim could be directed at the NHS trust, the medical professional or a private healthcare provider.
Legal Expert would like to help you if you are thinking of claiming. We have a team of dedicated advisors that’ll review any case for free. They’ll look at what happened, consider any evidence and give free legal advice on your options. Where a case appears to have strong enough grounds, we could refer you to one of our medical negligence solicitors. To make your claim less risky, they’ll work on a No Win No Fee basis if your case is taken on.
To discuss your medical negligence claim with us today, please call 0800 073 8804. If you’d rather learn more about your rights if you fall victim to clinical negligence at a West Bromwich walk-in centre first, please read on.
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- A Guide To West Bromwich Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims
- What Is Clinical Negligence At A Walk-In Medical Centre?
- Private And NHS Walk-In Centres In West Bromwich
- Where To Get Non-Emergency Medical Care
- Negligence In Injury Treatment At Walk-in Centres
- Negligence In Infection Treatment At Walk-in Centres
- Medical Negligence In Reproductive Health Treatment At Walk-in Centres
- Negligence In Medication Usage At Walk-In Centres
- Settlement Calculator For West Bromwich Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
- No Win No Fee West Bromwich Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Cases
- Contact Our Team
- Medical Negligence Services
A Guide To West Bromwich Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims
Some Accident & Emergency departments around the country can become overwhelmed at times. To reduce the burden on them, walk-in centres were created in busy areas. The idea is that you are able to attend a walk-in centre without an appointment of you could also be referred by NHS 111.
We will consider West Bromwich walk-in centre medical negligence claims in this guide but the information we’ll supply could be used for other areas too. To clarify, medical negligence claims are possible against individual medical professionals, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Hospitals and private healthcare companies too (where a walk-in centre has been outsourced).
In a later part of this guide, we’ll provide a definition of what medical negligence is. Essentially, though, you could claim if negligent care leads to you becoming ill, suffering an injury or where your existing condition is made worse. Some of the errors that we’ll look at that could lead to a claim include misdiagnosis, failure to refer and prescription mistakes.
To help you understand how walk-in centres work, we’ll provide a list of some of their services later on. Additionally, we’ll show example compensation figures that could be paid for medical negligence injuries.
Something you must bear in mind is that medical negligence claims have time limits. In most cases, you’ll have to claim within 3-years of the date you were injured or made ill. However, where it’s not immediately obvious that negligence has caused you to suffer, you’ll have 3-years from the ‘date of knowledge’. When claiming for your child, the 3-year time limit doesn’t apply and you can seek damages at any time before they turn 18-years old.
What Is Clinical Negligence At A Walk-In Medical Centre?
If you need to be treated by a medical professional, it is important that you can trust they’ll care for you correctly. Importantly, any registered medical practitioner owes their patient a legal duty of care to keep them as safe as possible. If you can show that the duty of care was breached, and you suffer avoidably, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Claiming for injuries caused by medical negligence at a West Bromwich walk-in centre requires evidence. It will need to prove that you have suffered in some way as a direct result of the negligent treatment. As an example, you could use medical reports to show how you have suffered due to misdiagnosed illnesses. Here are some examples of negligence that might make you eligible to claim if they cause suffering:
- Where you are not referred to a specialist for additional testing of complex conditions.
- Being supplied the wrong drug or wrong dosage.
- Being given a drug that you are known to be allergic to.
- Suffering because of a delay in treatment due to misdiagnosis.
This list doesn’t cover every scenario that might lead to a claim but it does include some of the most common causes. Therefore, don’t worry if yours is not listed, you may still be able to claim. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about your right to seek compensation.
Private And NHS Walk-In Centres In West Bromwich
Generally, you’ll find walk-in centres based in larger medical practices, hospitals and some will be in dedicated buildings. Mostly, they offer urgent treatment for conditions that are not life-threatening. To clarify whether you should attend, you could seek advice from NHS 111 or from your GP. For guidance, here are a few of the walk-in centres based in the West Bromwich area:
- Summerfield Urgent Care Centre.
- Washwood Heath Urgent Care Centre.
- Sir Robert Peel Hospital.
- Samuel Johnson Community Hospital.
- Princess of Wales Community Hospital.
- Bridgenorth Community Hospital.
If you have evidence that you’ve suffered harm to your health because of negligent care at any of these centres, please get in touch. Our team provide free legal advice on claims regardless of whether you proceed to make a claim or not.
Where To Get Non-Emergency Medical Care
As mentioned previously, many non-life-threatening conditions can be treated at walk-in centres and urgent care centres. In this part of our guide, we’ve detailed many of the services available as per the NHS’s guidance.
Again, if you don’t know if you should be attending, it may be worth contacting NHS 111 for advice on what to do. Here is a list of some conditions that could be treated at a walk-in centre:
- Eye conditions.
- Coughs and colds.
- Ear or throat infections.
- Broken bones.
- Cuts, bruising and soft tissue injuries.
- Burns (including scalds).
- Fever (high temperature).
- Skin infections and rashes.
- Pain in the stomach.
- Stings or bites.
- Strains and sprains.
- Minor head injuries.
- Diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea.
- Emergency contraception.
Whatever problem you attended the walk-in centre with, if you can prove your treatment caused you to suffer avoidably, you could be eligible to seek compensation. For a no-obligation review of your case, why not contact our team today?
Negligence In Injury Treatment At Walk-in Centres
As with most areas of the NHS, treatment is provided successfully every day of the year at walk-in centres. However, it is possible for mistakes to happen. When they do, and they cause the patient to suffer in some way, a compensation claim might be possible.
Here are just a few examples of what scenarios could lead to a claim:
- Wrong diagnosis. This might be the case where a fractured ankle is diagnosed as a sprain and causes suffering until a correct diagnosis is provided.
- Prescription errors. When you are given the wrong dosage of medication, you could have adverse side effects. The same can happen if you are supplied with the wrong drug altogether. Similarly, if a drug is too weak, you could suffer because it doesn’t help your condition to heal.
- Failing to refer. If your symptoms could potentially mean you have broken a bone, for instance, you should be sent for an x-ray. If you’re not, you could suffer due to a lack of proper treatment.
Negligence In Infection Treatment At Walk-in Centres
In addition to treating physical injuries, walk-in centres provide treatment for many infections and illnesses. As before, most people have the condition diagnosed correctly and treatment is successful as a result.
Where mistakes are made though, you may suffer as a result. For example, the following may cause you to be inconvenienced and lead to a claim:
- Misdiagnosis of the infection. Where you’re suffering from a serious condition, a misdiagnosis could be life-threatening or life-changing.
- Incorrect medication. You may suffer avoidable harm in this situation because the drugs you’re given don’t treat your actual medical condition.
- Failure to refer. Some symptoms can be linked to multiple conditions. Where a particular illness, like cancer, for instance, can’t be ruled out, it may be prudent to send you for additional tests.
Proving that your suffering was caused by clinical negligence can be very difficult in some cases. That’s why we’d advise that you take on the support of a medical negligence solicitor. Our team have the skills and resources to try and ensure enough evidence is supplied to win your claim. If you’d like us to take a look at your case, please get in touch today.
Medical Negligence In Reproductive Health Treatment At Walk-in Centres
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are commonly treated at walk-in centres. Where an STI is not dealt with properly, it can result in serious long-term issues. Here are a few examples of errors that might entitle you to claim:
- Where you’re given the wrong antibiotic and your condition worsens as a result.
- If you suffer because your STI is misdiagnosed.
- Where additional suffering occurs because you were not sent for a test such as an HIV test despite having symptoms.
Negligence In Medication Usage At Walk-In Centres
We are very fortunate in the UK that we have relatively cheap and easy access to many different types of medication. As a result, many medical conditions can be managed, or cured, effectively.
While prescriptions are generally dealt with correctly and result in the patient recovering, mistakes do happen. Those mistakes could cause unnecessary suffering and lead to a claim. Here are some examples:
- Dosage mistakes. A drug that is too weak or too strong can cause serious problems for the patient. They can result in adverse side effects, hospitalisation and long-term suffering.
- Dispensing mistakes. As above, if the wrong medication is provided by a pharmacist, the patient could become seriously ill.
- Allergic reactions. If your doctor prescribes a drug that you are known to be allergic to, you could claim for the suffering caused by an allergic reaction.
- Mixing drugs. When prescribing medication, your medical record should be checked to verify the new drug doesn’t conflict with others you are taking. Where that doesn’t happen, you could suffer as a result.
Settlement Calculator For West Bromwich Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence
Let’s now review what amount of compensation might be awarded for any suffering that results from walk-in centre medical negligence. Your claim will usually start with an element called general damages. This is for the physical or psychological suffering caused by medical negligence.
As law firms, insurers and courts use the Judicial College Guidelines to calculate general damages, we’ve used its figures in our table below. We’ve provided some figures for some relevant injuries but not all conditions are listed. Therefore, don’t worry if you don’t see yours, we could still help you make a claim.
|Type of Claim||Severity Level||Compensation Bracket||Extra Information|
|Bowel||Severe||£41,850 to £65,440||Injuries temporary colostomy and cause bowel function impairment.|
|Bladder||Moderate||£21,970 to £29,380||Injuries that cause long-term problems with natural function but where an almost full recovery has occurred.|
|Spleen||Loss||£19,510 to £24,680||Injuries that result in the loss of the spleen and increase the risk of problems in the immune system.|
|Kidney||Significant||Up to £60,050||Where there is a significantly increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).|
|Illness||Minor||Up to £3,710||Minor symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps that resolve in full within a few weeks.|
|Loss of sexual function (men)||In the region of £139,210||Injuries causing complete loss of sexual function and total impotence (awards are age-based).|
|Infertility (women)||£16,860 to £34,480||Infertility where the victim already has children and medical complications exist.|
The main factor that determines your compensation level is the severity of your injuries. That’s why a medical assessment is required during the claims process. This is something we can usually book locally to prevent you from having to travel too far. The review of your condition will be performed by an independent medical specialist.
In your appointment, the specialist will examine you and refer to your medical records. They will also discuss how you’ve been affected by your injuries. After they have finished, they will determine how you have suffered and provide a prognosis for the future too. This will be compiled into a report that will be sent to your solicitor who’ll use it to help prove your case.
Importantly, no two claims are the same so it’s worth discussing your case with us if you would like a more accurate compensation estimate.
Medical negligence special damages claims
On top of your injury claim, it is also possible to seek compensation for any monetary losses or costs you’ve incurred. This is called a special damages claim. Again, what can be included will be different in every case.
Here are some of the most common special damages claims:
- Travel costs. You could claim back any fuel, parking or public transport costs if they’re linked to hospital visits or GP appointments.
- Care costs. In some cases, you might need support while you recover from your injuries. If that’s true, you could claim back an hourly rate for the person who looked after you. In more serious cases, the cost of a professional carer could be covered too.
- Medical costs. Obviously, care provided by the NHS is provided for free for most people. However, you may have to payout for prescriptions, non-NHS services or over the counter medication. Therefore, you could claim these costs back.
- Loss of earnings. Where your injuries mean you require time off work, you could claim for loss of earnings. That could include taking time off to recover or when attending a medical appointment.
- Future loss of earnings. Where a long-term injury affects your ability to work, you could lose earnings for a long-time. Therefore, future loss of earnings could be claimed if you end up on a reduced salary or unable to work.
- Home or vehicle adaptations.
If you are left disabled due to medical negligence, making changes to your home or vehicle could make things easier. If that’s the case, you may be able to ask for the cost of those changes to be added to your claim.
No Win No Fee West Bromwich Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Cases
Are you worried about losing money because of solicitor’s fees during a medical negligence claim? We understand that and it’s quite a common reason why people don’t end up claiming. However, if you would like to work with us, you needn’t worry too much.
Our team of medical negligence solicitors offer a No Win No Fee service. That makes your claim a lot less risky and less stressful too. However, you’ll still benefit from specialist legal representation if your case is accepted.
Not all claims can be funded on this basis though. Before we take you on as a client, a solicitor will need to review whether there’s a reasonable chance of success. If they decide to represent you, they’ll forward you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to review.
The CFA is your contract and is the formal title of a No Win No Fee agreement. It sets out what your solicitor has to achieve if they are to be paid by you. Essentially, that will only be the case if your case is won and you are compensated.
Where claims are won, the solicitor is paid by way of a success fee. This is something that’s listed in the CFA so you’ll know how much is payable when you sign it. It is listed as a small percentage of your compensation that will be deducted to cover the cost of your solicitor’s work. By law, these fees are capped to try and prevent you from being overcharged.
Contact Our Team
If you’d like to discuss making a West Bromwich walk-in centre medical negligence claim today, you can:
- Call our free legal advice line on 0800 073 8804.
- Ask one of our online advisors to review your case in live chat.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to explain what’s happened.
- Use our online form to get in touch and start the ball rolling.
Medical Negligence Services
As we’ve reached the final section of this guide on medical negligence claims against walk-in centres, we’ve decided to add some resources that might help you.
NHS 111 Online – This is the place to turn to if you aren’t sure whether you need urgent medical care.
Summerfield Urgent Care Centre Inspection Report – Details of the latest report on this walk-in centre from the Care Quality Commission.
NHS Service Locator – Details of where you can find NHS doctors, dentists, hospitals and other services.
Here are few more guides from Legal Expert that might come in handy too:
Clinical Negligence Claims – Details on why you could claim for clinical negligence and the process you could follow.
Minor Surgery Injury Compensation – Advice on claiming for the suffering that results from negligent care during minor surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery Claims – Information about claiming for injuries sustained during cosmetic surgery.
Thanks for reading our guide on West Bromwich walk-in centre medical negligence claims.
Guide by Hambridge
Edited by Billing