Although we all rely on different professions from time to time, it sometimes happens that the service received might be considered to be of inadequate standard or indeed incorrect. If you are somebody who has relied on the expertise of a professional working on your behalf and due to errors or mistakes have made you believe to have suffered a loss and/or damage, you are legally entitled to take action and seek compensation for professional negligence.
At Cartwright King, we understand your right to take action against a professional who has not performed their job to the appropriate standard. Our Civil Litigation team are available to advise you about the action you can take while guiding you through the legal proceedings which include representing you in court if necessary.
Free initial consultation
Our highly skilled Civil Litigation team are available to aid you throughout the legal process. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. For more information, please call us on 0808 168 5550 or email email@example.com.
Professional negligence and the law
If somebody who works within a certain profession performs a part of their job short of the legal standard and care then it can potentially have detrimental consequences for you. Professional negligence can therefore be defined as a “subset of the general rules on negligence to cover the situation in which the defendant has represented him or herself as having more than average skills and abilities”. Taking this into account, professional negligence is essentially about compensating those who have fallen victim to a business professional’s mistakes which have essentially lead to damages or financial loss.
At Cartwright King, we are able to help you take action against these professionals. This can include, but is not limited to the following disciplines:
- Financial Advisors
- Veterinary Surgeons
In order for you to successfully make a claim, it is essential to understand the procedure as certain rules and regulations must be followed in order for a claim to be substantiated.
What is the procedure?
The minimum requirement when someone submits a professional negligence claim is to adhere to the pre-action protocol. Firstly, the claim must be outlined in a Letter of Claim whereby the defendant has 21 days in which to respond. There will be attempts to see if the dispute can be settled outside of court. If it cannot and it is decided that the matter must proceed, then a Claim Form can be submitted and both parties will be expected to set out their respective cases in writing with any supporting documents and witness statements as evidence. Mediation can be considered at any stage during the proceedings and for claims of up to £150,000 the Financial Ombudsman Service may be available to offer an independent assessment of a claim and award compensation rather than involving the courts.
Remember, in order for there to be a legitimate claim there must be a binding contract between the two parties whereby the professional provides a service that would be considered unacceptable by another competent professional. If this sub-standard service leads to damages or financial loss for you, then a claim can legally be made.
What happens if the claim is successful?
If the claim that you have made is successful then you will receive compensation from the defendant which can vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. If the claim is heard in court, the idea is to reimburse you of any money lost during your interaction with the respective professional.
How can we help you?
If you are claiming damages from a professional in a particular area and are looking to take legal action against them, our experienced Civil Litigation Solicitors are available to advise you throughout the entire process and build a strong case for your claim. We promise to:
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Treat your case in a non-judgemental, sensitive manner
- Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
- Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
- Represent you in court as necessary
- Take the worry off your hands
- Prepare an appeal if necessary
Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully aiding those who have made civil claims against professionals in a variety of fields.
Why Choose Us?
At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the devastating consequences that being a victim of professional negligence could have for you and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, outline a clear strategy and putting over a strong case in court if the need arises.
How to make contact
If you require legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Civil Litigation team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our Solicitors can provide advice and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in London, Birmingham, Bedford, Bolton, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Middlesborogh, Northampton, Nottingham, Sheffield and Worcester.