When hiring the services of a professional from a solicitor to an accountant or a surveyor, you expect that they will complete work correctly and reliably. However, sometimes avoidable but costly mistakes occur as a result of professional negligence.
If you have personally received negligent advice or a negligent service from an industry professional, you may have grounds for a professional negligence claim.
The detrimental effects of a professional negligence outcome can be significant and costly, causing financial distress and consequences.
Professionals from all sectors are bound by law to instruct a duty of care for clients with set procedures and processes in place to avoid negligence. High standards should be met to ensure a certain quality of service. They are expected to deliver a service to a high standard and carry out the job in a careful way. I
In keeping with the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, ‘reasonable and skill’ should be an expected part of any work carried out by a professional.
To have a successful professional negligence claim, the professional tradesman or company must have provided inadequate or incorrect advice leading to you suffering a personal loss. When facing a potential negligence claim people can often be overwhelmed at the thought of having nowhere to turn in pursuit of redress.
Although compensation cannot necessarily repair the full extent of the damage caused by professional negligence, it can make a significant difference. A reliable and expert solicitors firm will be able to reclaim an appropriate amount of compensation should you have a valid claim.
Some of the most common professional negligence cases involve doctors, barristers, engineers, surveyors, accountants, and financial advisors.
Making a claim against a solicitors firm can be a very complex ordeal. When you instruct a solicitor on your behalf to deal with professional issues, you do not expect to receive a negligent service.
An example of how a solicitor can be professionally negligent is when they make an error that results in financial harm and as such be liable to compensate for your losses.
Limitation is a vital part of any claim and simply means the deadline that you must bring a claim against a defendant and initiate court proceedings by. For professional negligence cases, the limitation period is typically six years.
If you have enlisted the services of a solicitor who has missed the limitation date for your claim and the court has refused your permission to pursue the claim due to an error, you will have grounds for a negligence claim in the eyes of the law.