Claims Against Professionals
Making a professional negligence claim
If you have suffered as a result of inadequate service from someone acting in a professional capacity, our professional negligence solicitors can help you to understand your rights and options and whether you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
What is professional negligence?
Professionals – people who provide services requiring particular expertise and skills – are expected to perform their responsibilities to a reasonably competent standard. If they don’t it may be deemed professional negligence, and if you lose out financially you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
How do I make a professional negligence claim?
You will need to make your claim within six years of the date when you suffered the loss, but the earlier you start the process the better.
To successfully make a claim for professional negligence you will need to prove that:
- you were owed a duty of care by the professional involved, and
- the professional breached the duty of care owed to you, and
- you suffered a financial loss that was caused by the negligent act or advice.
Your solicitor will need to see all the relevant paperwork, so it is important that you keep hold of any records, documents and correspondence that may be relevant to your claim.
How much compensation can I claim?
You can claim for actual financial losses that you have suffered as a direct result of the negligent act or advice. If your claim is successful, the courts will make a final decision about how much compensation you will be awarded, and this can be affected by a number of factors.
It is important to be aware that any claim below £10,000 will be dealt with using the small claims procedure, and you are unlikely to be able to recover your legal costs.
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