Welcome to Advice, this guide will provide examples of professional negligence and aim to answer questions about when you would be able to claim compensation.
To start this guide, we will discuss the eligibility criteria you must satisfy if you are to have a valid professional negligence claim. This section will also define what is meant by professional negligence.
In addition to this, the following section will provide examples of professional negligence; some of these scenarios may relate to your case. However, if they don’t, there’s no need to worry. There are a variety of ways that a professional could potentially be liable for negligence.
Further on, we have a section based solely on compensation for professional negligence. This section will discuss the goals of compensation payouts and provide a table of examples of compensation for professional negligence.
Once we have established what is required for a claim, our last two sections will focus on how to claim. We would advise claiming with professional negligence solicitors. However, this is optional, but we will list some of the benefits you might receive from their help..
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- Eligibility Criteria For A Professional Negligence Claim
- Examples Of Professional Negligence
- What Compensation Could Be Received From A Professional Negligence Claim?
- How Can Our Panel Of Professional Negligence Solicitors Help You?
- No Win No Fee Professional Negligence Claims
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In order to understand professional negligence, you must first understand what is categorised as a professional. In essence, a professional is a person who has received the required education, training and experience to become a professional in their field. For example, a solicitor, engineer, accountant and so forth.
Professionals owe a duty of care when providing their service to a customer or client. Failure to meet the required standard, which in turn, causes their customers to suffer losses, is defined as professional negligence.
Therefore, these criteria must be fulfilled for there to be a claim:
- Prove you were owed a duty of care.
- Show the duty was breached.
- Prove this breach resulted in losses.
In addition, you must have begun legal proceedings within the limitation period for professional negligence claims outlined in the Limitation Act 1980.
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There are many different professionals who can be liable for professional negligence. Besides solicitors, here’s a list of professionals who you could be able to claim compensation against:
- Surveyors – By neglecting their duty, a surveyor could provide an inaccurate report of a property’s condition, causing the purchaser of the property to incur further costs.
- Accountants – Should an accountant fail to detect fraud, their client may suffer financial losses.
- Financial advisors – Bad financial advice could lead the financial advisor’s customer to make a bad investment and suffer from financial losses.
- Architects – Tasked with managing and overseeing a structural project, an architect is responsible for getting planning permission and designing accurate plans. Failure to get the appropriate planning permission before the project is begun could cause it to be demolished at a later date.
- Engineers – If an engineer were not to abide by the set industry standards, the product or service they provide may not be of the correct standard, causing the client to suffer financially.
When Could You Sue Solicitors For Professional Negligence?
In this section, we look at how a solicitor that represents civil claims could be negligent. Here we list examples of when a professional negligence claim against a solicitor could be made:
- Under-settling a claim – Your personal injury solicitor might have under-settled your claim if they forgot to include loss of earnings as part of your claim, despite you informing them of this in advance.
- Missing the limitation date on a medical negligence claim – If your solicitor has missed the time limit set out in the Limitation Act 1980 and has not begun legal proceedings, you are no longer entitled to claim. Therefore, you can claim against your solicitor for lost potential compensation.
- Cases being struck out – A data breach claim may be thrown out due to a solicitor failing to follow court instructions. Once a case has been struck out, it is no longer pursuable. Therefore, you may be able to sue solicitors for professional negligence if you have suffered from loss of chance.
If you believe you have suffered from any of these examples of professional negligence, contact us today for free. One of our advisors can connect you with a solicitor from our panel who may offer to take on your case.
After a successful claim for professional negligence, you will receive compensation to recover some, if not all, of your losses incurred from a professional’s negligence. The aim is to place you in a similar position if negligence had been avoided.
For every year passed, successful claimants will receive an 8% interest rate on their compensation settlements.
Below, we will provide a table of examples of compensation for professional negligence. This table is merely a guide.
Claim Type Potential Award
Solicitor Negligence Up to £500,000+
Financial Advisor Negligence Up to £500,000+
Surveyor Negligence Up to £500,000+
Accountant Negligence Up to £500,000+
Engineer Negligence Up to £500,000+
Compensation settlements will vary from case to case, every case is unique. If you want a claim valued accurately, you should contact a solicitor.
The stronger your claim, the more likely you are to receive the top end of your claim’s value. You should do this by collecting the evidence you need in professional negligence claims.
Our panel of solicitors provide a range of services, such as valuing claims or collecting evidence on behalf of their clients. If you would like to use these services, contact our advisors for free today.
Claiming alone can be difficult and time-consuming. Therefore, we would advocate claiming with a solicitor. Solicitors are well-versed and trained in professional negligence law.
Here at Advice, we offer clients a free consultation with one of our advisors to discuss their eligibility to claim and provide the necessary advice.
Here are some examples of how professional negligence solicitors can help you with your claim they could:
- Collect evidence for your case.
- Send important documents.
- Keep you in the loop about the state of your claim.
- Offer a valuation of your potential compensation.
- Present your case.
If you are interested in the services of our panel of solicitors, you should contact us today for free.
The thought of beginning legal proceedings can be daunting. Here at Advice, our panel of solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, providing clients with a range of financial benefits.
For instance, you generally don’t have to pay solicitor fees at the following times:
- As the case moves forward
- If the professional negligence claim is not successful.
If your professional negligence claim is successful, your solicitor will take a percentage from the compensation known as the success fee. This is capped by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, so there’s no need to worry about being overcharged.
Alternatively, you can speak to one of our advisors in more detail.
If you are interested in claiming with No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel or would like some more free advice, contact us today.
Follow the links below for examples of how the claims process works.
- Do you need a solicitor for a personal injury claim?
- How many personal injury claims go to court?
- More information on the process of making a work accident compensation claim.