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Professional Negligence Claims

HAS YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM BEEN POORLY HANDLED?

If you think you have suffered an injustice through negligence or careless professional advice, and you have lost a case that you should have won or you settled for a lower amount of compensation than you were reasonably expecting, we may be able to help you seek compensation against the professional solicitor or lawyer who represented you.

WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL?

We define a professional as someone who is considered to have particular expertise and skills in the services they provide, such as an accountant, a builder, engineer, financial advisor, insurance broker, or even solicitors, barristers and lawyers.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM?

Professionals are required to exercise both reasonable skill and care when acting on any matter. However, professionals can, at times, fall below the standard expected of them, at which point they can be considered to have been negligent in their duties. This can include:

  • misadvising you on aspects of your court case
  • providing negligent advice about property or business transactions
  • failing to act on your instructions during a case
  • failing to advise you on your exposure to legal costs
  • failing to issue a claim before the expiry of a relevant time period
  • missing court deadlines
  • mishandling litigation or employment tribunal claims

HOW TO MAKE A CLAIM FOR PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

We believe that there may be a number of reasons why you might be looking to pursue claims against negligent professionals. Once you speak to us, we can advise you on what the best course of action is to take. You may be required to prove that you have suffered a loss which can include demonstrating that you were owed a duty of care by the negligent professional and as a result, the professional breached that care of duty, and that breach caused you to experience a loss.

Unfortunately, the mere fact of an error or bad service does not necessarily equate to negligence. There may be further proof required that the services you received from the professional fell below the standards of a reasonably competent professional, which can be a subjective experience at times, but we are confident that we can argue your case should it come to a hearing in court. Most cases are settled outside of court, so there is a good chance that you won’t be required to attend a court session.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO CONSIDER?

One of the other factors you do need to consider is that you yourself do have a duty to mitigate your losses, which means that you must take reasonable steps to minimise your losses, and avoid anything that may increase that loss. In a professional negligence case, the professional may argue that you have caused or contributed to the losses suffered, which is also known as the defence of contributory negligence.

If the professional is able to show contributory negligence, then the losses claimed may be reduced by a court due to your share in the responsibility. It will also affect the claim if another party has caused some or all of the loss suffered, so this needs to be taken into account as well.

HOW CAN I TRUST ANOTHER PROFESSIONAL SOLICITOR?

We understand that you might be wary about instructing another solicitor, or indeed any professional organisation, to help you with your claim if you have already been given negligent advice and it has resulted in a financial loss which you could still be recovering from.

Therefore it is important that you conduct the necessary research and find a solicitor who has the relevant experience and whom you can trust to get the result you require. We would advise you to talk with us first to help you decide whether to pursue a further claim for professional negligence.

Our Personal Injury Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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