Whether it’s talking to a financial advisor about the best investment options for you or discussing plans for a potential extension with an architect, we all need little expert help from time to time. The majority of the time, the professional hired to give you the advice you need is exactly what is professional and trustworthy. So what counts as professional negligence? Professional negligence is a broad term, used to describe the situation in which professional acts incompetently or unprofessionally, having represented themselves as having expertise in a particular field.
The term professional negligence is used to cover some different types of negligence, including solicitors’ negligence, surveyors’ negligence, architects’ negligence and accountants’ negligence. Professional negligence also covers physical mistakes made by an ‘expert’, for example where a surveyor has failed to spot signs of cracking in a property. Mistakes can be very costly to rectify and sometimes even affect the value of the property.
The following paragraph focuses on solicitor‘s negligence and explains in more detail what professional negligence can involve.
Solicitor’s negligence can mean some things. Examples include solicitors missing deadlines which mean you cannot pursue your claim, and failure to draft a contract will properly, where doing so leads to a financial loss.
How to make a professional negligence claim
To make a claim, you must have suffered a significant financial loss as a result of someone else’s negligence in the last six years.
The claims process doesn’t have to be stressful. If you think you may be eligible to make a claim, you should talk to a solicitor who specialises in negligence claims. Alternatively, or if you would like to find out more, some claims companies can help you understand whether you are likely to be awarded compensation based on your specific situation. They can then put you in contact with the best solicitor to take your claim forward, based on the match between the solicitor’s expertise and the details of your claim, and also the area in which you live.
As it is on personal injury claims, professional negligence claims are obviously made on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This implies that if your claim fails you are required to pay no cash. On the contrary, if your claim is won, the fees are recovered from the other side, meaning you keep all of the compensation awarded.
At the point when gone up against with a conceivable case, your professional negligence lawyers will take a look at the info you have given them and after that research further to discover more about your case. This can include exploring proof to work out the degree of negligence.
On the off chance that you do have a legitimate proficient negligence claim, at that point the expert being referred to should be educated of the case with the goal that they can finish their investigations, seek for legal counsel and set up together their defence. With any luck, your case will have the capacity to be settled outside the court. However, mainly if the expert finds reasons to question the case, at that point the case may wind up in court.