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How Do I Claim For Worthing Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence?

Have you experienced medical negligence at a Worthing walk-in centre? Has a misdiagnosis or negligent treatment caused your health to worsen or an injury to become harder to treat?

Perhaps you’ve been given the wrong prescription, or suffered a drug interaction because of a medication error? Or, maybe you’ve unknowingly passed an STI onto a partner because you were not tested when you should have been?

If you’ve been harmed unduly because of Worthing walk-in centre clinical negligence, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation, and the team at Legal Expert could help you with this.

Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

We have created this guide to give you information on what could lead to a Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence claim. In the sections below, we explain the definition of medical negligence and discuss what proof could be necessary to make a claim for compensation.

We explain the different types of negligence you could be harmed by, and how compensation could be calculated for your claim.

Finally, we explain the services we offer and show you how we could help you get the maximum compensation possible for your clinical negligence claim.

If you’re already ready to get started with a claim, or you’d prefer to speak to our team over the phone to check your eligibility to make a claim, you can call us anytime on 0800 073 8804.

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A Guide On Worthing Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

If you’re looking for advice on how to make a Worthing walk-in clinic medical negligence claim, this could be because you or a loved one has been unduly harmed because of the advice or treatment given to you at a Worthing walk-in medical centre.

This guide has been created to provide you with all the information you could need to assess whether you could be eligible to claim compensation, and how to go about doing so.

Whether you’ve suffered harm due to a prescription error, negligent medical advice, a misdiagnosis or another breach of the duty of care a doctor or nurse has towards you, this could result in you being eligible to claim compensation if you can prove your claim.

Doctors and nurses are duty-bound to provide a safe, effective standard of care. If they do not, and you suffer harm you wouldn’t have suffered without substandard care, this could constitute negligence.

This guide offers a number of examples of how such negligence could occur at a Worthing medical centre, and how you could start a claim if you are eligible to do so. We also offer some insight into the compensation you could receive for a Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence claim, and how it could be calculated. There are also further resources at the end of this guide that you may find useful.

What Is Clinical Negligence At A Walk-In Centre In Worthing?

Before we explain what could constitute Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence, we should first illustrate what a walk-in medical centre in Worthing is. Essentially, primary care services in the NHS include services provided by:

  • Dentists
  • Doctors (GPs)
  • Nurses
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists

These are usually the first point of contact for patients, and if they require more complex or ongoing care, they could be referred from primary care services to other services they may need.

What Is A Walk-In Centre?

While you might initially think making an appointment to see your GP would be the wisest course of action if you need primary healthcare advice and treatment, sometimes you may not be able to do so.

You may not be able to get an appointment at an appropriate time, or you may have yet to register with a GP in the area, for example.

If you are suffering from a condition that requires medical attention, but your condition is not life-threatening, you might choose to visit a walk-in centre to get the advice and support you need.

These centres are usually primarily staffed by nurses, but some provide access to doctors. In some centres, you may be able to get blood tests, sexual health and family planning advice and other services on a walk-in basis.

Can You Just Go To A Walk-In Centre?

While it is true that you could usually turn up at a walk-in centre for advice and treatment, during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have to call ahead first to check whether they are operating normally, or by appointment. A simple search for ‘NHS walk-in clinic near me’ should give you information on the nearest walk-in clinic, and contact information too.

How To Define Worthing Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

Not all things that go wrong could be considered Worthing walk-in centre clinical negligence. Some medical conditions could be difficult to diagnose and treat, and it may not be the fault of a doctor or nurse that something has gone wrong. In order to prove Worthing walk-in centre negligence you would need to be able to evidence that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by nurses or doctors at a Worthing medical centre
  • Their duty of care towards you was breached
  • This duty of care breach caused you harm you would not have suffered otherwise (causation)

One way of recognising whether a doctor or nurse had been negligent in diagnosing or treating you would be to use the Bolam test.

This involves measuring the medical professional’s actions against what could be considered proper and reasonable practice. If the medical professional didn’t act in accordance with what was considered reasonable and proper, and you suffer harm as a direct result, this could be classed as medical negligence.

Examples Of Worthing Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

There are various different types of Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence you could experience. Some examples are below, which we cover in more detail in the later sections of this guide.

  • Negligent sexual health advice (misdiagnosis of an STI, for example)
  • Negligent pregnancy advice
  • A misdiagnosis of an infection
  • Negligent treatment of an illness or injury
  • Prescription error
  • Failure to refer a patient for further investigation

If you can prove that you’ve been treated negligently by a Worthing medical centre doctor, nurse or another healthcare worker, we could offer you free legal advice. If we believe you could have a claim, we could also provide you with a Legal Expert solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis.

NHS Walk-In Clinics In Worthing

There are several NHS clinics in Worthing that you could go to if you are suffering from a minor injury or illness. A simple web search for ‘walk-in centre near me’ could bring up information on opening times and services offered.

Here, we provide an overview of clinics in the area.

  • Durrington Health Centre – This Worthing medical centre offers Worthing residents and visitors to the area services including maternity and family planning services, an asthma clinic, minor surgeries and diabetic checks.
  • Central Clinic – You can receive emergency dental care at this clinic
  • Sexual Health Worthing – This clinic offers family planning advice, emergency contraception and STI testing
  • Seldon Medical Centre – This clinic offers GP access for minor injuries and ailments
  • Worthing Medical Group – This Worthing medical centre has doctors who could provide minor surgery services, along with travel immunisations and chronic disease management.

Of course, if you prefer to obtain private medical care, you could search for ‘private walk-in clinic near me’ to find your nearest walk-in centre.

When Could I Access A Walk-In Centre In Worthing?

Many people who search the web for ‘a walk-in medical centre near me’ do so if they have a minor injury or illness, but these are not the only services provided by such clinics.

Services provided by an NHS Sussex medical centre in Worthing could include:

  • Animal or insect bites
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Dressing care
  • Emergency contraception
  • Hayfever
  • Minor burns
  • Minor strains
  • Rashes/infections
  • Vomiting, stomach ache or diarrhoea
  • Wound care

Can NHS Walk-In Centres Give Prescriptions?

In some cases, the healthcare workers at a Worthing walk-in centre could provide you with a prescription for medication to treat a minor ailment. However, they are not meant to prescribe medicines for severe or long-term conditions, so you might be referred to another NHS service if your condition requires more serious treatment.

Walk-In Centre Minor Injury Medical Negligence

Minor injuries are those that may require medical attention but are not serious enough to warrant a visit to A&E. If you are unsure as to where to go to seek treatment for a minor injury, you could call the NHS 111 line for advice.

In general, the following minor injuries could be treated at NHS walk-in centres:

  • Possible broken bones
  • Burns and scalds
  • Strains/sprains
  • Minor injuries to the heat
  • Minor cuts/grazes
  • Stings and bites

These may be classed as minor injuries but the correct diagnosis and treatment are vital to your optimal recovery. If, for example, you attend a walk-in centre with a cut that requires stitches, but your wound is not cleaned before it is dressed, this could lead to an infection. Or, if it isn’t possible for a healthcare worker to rule out a broken bone, and you are sent home instead of referred for further investigation, a broken bone may not heal correctly.

If you’ve suffered Worthing walk-in centre clinical negligence while obtaining minor injury services from a walk-in clinic, and you’d like to claim compensation, why not get in touch with our team to begin your claim. We’d be happy to help.

Walk-In Centre Minor Illness Medical Negligence

As well as minor injuries, you can also visit a walk-in centre for help with minor illnesses, such as:

  • A problem with your eyes
  • A skin rash or infection
  • A throat infection
  • An ear infection
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps/pain
  • Vomiting

Again, it is essential that these minor illnesses are diagnosed and treated properly to avoid your condition deteriorating, which could make it harder to treat.

If you can prove you have suffered harm due to Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence because you’ve received a misdiagnosis, have not been referred to for further treatment or tests, or you’ve been given the wrong medication to treat an ailment, you could make a claim for compensation.

Walk-In Centre Sexual Healthcare Medical Negligence

If you’ve visited a walk-in centre for sexual health advice or pregnancy concerns, you would expect to receive a safe, effective standard of care. If you have suffered Worthing walk-in medical negligence relating to sexual health concerns or pregnancy issues, this could not only harm you as the patient, but it could also lead to others being harmed too. Here are some examples:

  • Negligent sexual health advice – if you are not tested for STIs when you should be, and you have an STI, you could unknowingly pass the infection to a partner.
  • Negligent pregnancy advice – if you attend a clinic with concerns about a pregnancy, it is vital, for the safety of you and your baby, that you receive the right advice and care. A failure to diagnose a pregnancy complication could harm both you and your unborn child.

If you can prove a doctor or nurse working at a Worthing walk-in centre breached their duty of care towards you, and either yourself, your partner or your baby has been harmed as a result, this could result in a claim for Worthing walk-in centre negligence. We would be glad to provide you with a lawyer to help you make such a claim.

Walk-In Centre Prescription And Medication Dispensing Error Medical Negligence

As we mentioned earlier in this guide, it is possible for some walk-in centres to issue prescription medicines for minor or short-term conditions. It is vital that the type of medication you receive and the dosage you are given is correct, as a prescription or medication error could cause a number of unpleasant consequences, including:

  • Allergic reactions – You should be asked if you have an allergy before you are prescribed medication. If you are not asked, or you receive a medicine containing ingredients you are known to be allergic to, this could cause an allergic reaction.
  • Drug Interactions – You should also be asked if you are currently taking any other medication. If you inform the clinic that you are, this should be taken into account before prescribing other medications, in order to prevent medicines from interacting with each other.
  • Overprescriptions – Getting the right dosage of medication is important too. If you are given too much medication, this could cause you to overdose, with potentially harmful effects.
  • Underprescription – Not getting a high enough dose of medication to treat an illness could result in the condition continuing longer than it has to, and it could even, in some cases, make the illness more difficult to treat.
  • Wrong medication – If you are prescribed the wrong medication, this could lead to your original condition getting worse or continuing, and it could also cause unpleasant side effects.

Whether the Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence you’ve suffered relates to an overdose, allergic reaction or underdosing, we could help you fight for the compensation your case deserves.

Worthing Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator

Making a claim for medical negligence could be complicated. The onus is on you, as the victim, to provide evidence that but for the negligent treatment or advice you’d been given, your condition would have been better.

This is why medical evidence is so important in such cases. As part of your Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence claim, you’d need to have an appointment with an independent medical expert, so that this evidence could be collected.

The expert would review your medical notes, examine you and ask questions about your injury or illness, and then write up a medical report detailing the facts and their professional opinion about your illness or injury. This could be used to value your claim.

Calculating Medical Negligence Compensation

All claims are different, which is why they all attract different levels of compensation. To give you some idea of the levels of compensation that could be appropriate for injuries that could be caused by medical negligence, we’ve put together the table below.

The figures in the table come from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication that could be used by lawyers to come to a value for your claim. If your injuries aren’t listed below, we could provide more information on other injuries over the phone.

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Injuries Judicial College Guidelines Notes
Males who have suffered lost sexual function and total impotence Around £139,210 The awards in this bracket would generally be for younger men. The award could take into account the psychological impact, and the effects on the person’s social/domestic life.
Males who have suffered lost sexual function and total impotence £40,370 to £73,580 Middle-aged men, who already have children, suffering from permanent effects of such an injury.
Male sterility £52,620 to £66,970 Whether there are no aggravating features and no impotence.
Female infertility as a consequence of injury/disease £107,810 to £158,970 Depression, anxiety and stress as well as pain and scarring could feature.
Female infertility as a consequence of a failed ectopic pregnancy diagnosis £31,950 to £95,850 Where there are complications. The more complicated the injury, the higher award could be considered.
Ectopic pregnancy with delayed diagnosis £3,180 to £19,170 This could include cases where the victim’s fertility is unaffected. Factors such as the extent of any bleeding, whether a fallopian tube removal was necessary, and whether transfusions were required could be considered when awarding compensation in this bracket.
Injuries that are not traumatic and cause damage or illness £36,060 to £49,270 Severe cases of toxicosis.
Injuries that are not traumatic and cause damage or illness £8,950 to £18,020 Short lived but serious episodes of poisoning.
Injuries that are not traumatic and cause damage or illness £3,710 to £8,950 Fatigue, cramping and bowel function alteration caused by poisoning. Full recovery within 1-2 years.
Injuries that are not traumatic and cause damage or illness £860 to £3,710 Days/weeks of diarrhoea, pain and cramps.

In addition to the damages you could receive for the suffering, loss of amenity and pain caused by your injuries you could also receive Worthing walk-in medical negligence compensation for financial losses caused by your injuries. These could include:

  • Care costs
  • Medical costs, like prescription charges
  • Loss of income
  • Travel costs

If you’ve incurred any costs as a direct result of your injuries, why not call our team to check whether they could be included within your claim?

No Win No Fee Worthing Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

We believe that no victim of clinical negligence should struggle to get legal support because of their financial situation. This is why all of our lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means, regardless of your financial situation, you could retain the services of a Legal Expert lawyer without having to pay them until your compensation had been paid. The way such claims work is as follows:

  • You’d be asked to read and sign a No Win No Fee agreement, also called a Conditional Fee Agreement, which would set out the amount of money (success fee) you’d pay your lawyer once they’d obtained a payout for you. It’s usually calculated as a small percentage of the total payout and is legally capped.
  • Once the agreement is signed and returned, your lawyer would begin working on your claim
  • Once a settlement had been arranged and paid out, the lawyer’s success fee would be deducted, and the rest would be for your benefit
  • If for some reason your claim failed and didn’t result in a payout, you would not settle the success fee or pay your lawyer’s costs

You can learn more about making claims under these terms in our detailed guide. Or, if you have further questions, you can always give us a call. We’d be happy to explain any aspect of how these claims work.

Talk To Our Team

Here at Legal Expert, we’re here to help you if you’ve suffered Worthing walk-in centre medical negligence. As a quality law firm, with many years of experience helping claimants get the compensation they deserve, our expert team could help you in a number of ways.

Whether you have questions about malpractice claims, would like us the check your eligibility to claim, or would like us to provide you with a No Win No Fee lawyer, you can reach us by:

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