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Can I Claim For Professional Negligence?

If your solicitor has acted in a way that has cost you time and money, are you entitled to pursue a professional negligence claim?

Who can make a professional negligence claim?

You can make a professional negligence claim against your solicitor if:-

1. Your solicitor has breached their duty of care towards you; and

2. This breach of duty has caused you to suffer injury

Both of these points are explored in more detail below.

Breach of duty

All solicitors owe their clients a duty of care. This means a solicitor must exercise reasonable skill and expertise when acting for you. If your solicitor acts in such a way that is considered unreasonable, he or she will have breached their duty of care towards you.

There are various ways in which a solicitor can breach a duty of care towards a client, including:-

  • Missing deadlines to submit certain documents
  • Settling a claim for less money than it is worth (called under-settling a claim)
  • Failing to conduct a claim in an appropriate manner (such as failing to seek independent expert reports)
  • Acting dishonestly
  • Making mistakes in legal documents that renders them invalid, or affects the prospects of a claim

Causation

When a solicitor breaches their duty of care, it is very possible that this will have an adverse effect on the client. For example, it may even mean that their medical negligence or personal injury claim can no longer proceed. Consequently all the time that has been spent on the case will have been wasted, and a client will not have been awarded the compensation to which they are entitled.

If a breach of duty does cause you to suffer some form of injury, there will be grounds for a professional negligence claim.

Can I claim against my solicitor?

To find out if you can sue your solicitor, you must speak to a legal expert who deals with professional negligence claims.

At Glynns Solicitors, we specialise in professional negligence claims that are made against medical negligence solicitors and personal injury solicitors. If you are currently making a medical negligence/personal injury claim, or have recently made one, and you would like to more about suing your solicitor, please get in touch with us today. We will advise you upon your legal position, explaining whether your solicitor has acted negligently. If so, we will pursue a claim on your behalf, obtaining the compensation you rightfully deserve.

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