It can be incredibly frustrating when you’re let down by a professional. Especially when you’ve placed your trust – and money – with a solicitor. While poor service isn’t enough to launch a claim, if there’s been negligence that’s led to a financial loss then there’s a chance you could receive compensation. It can be well worth investigating whether you’ve suffered from professional negligence: if you think that professional negligence has occurred then most solicitors will offer a no-win fee option. Here are some of the most common errors that lead to professional negligence claims.
Conveyancing refers to the legal process of buying and selling a house – and it’s one of the most common types of professional negligence. Mistakes are easily made here and they can cover lots of different aspects. This can include making mistakes on the legal title of a property, but can extend to failing to identify errors in a lease, or not telling clients about planning restrictions on a property.
Any mistakes that could impact on people missing out on money they were entitled to is also another one of the most common professional negligence claims in the UK. From errors when drafting a will or other legal documents, to failing to retain confidentiality, administrative mistakes are a regular issue.
Suing the wrong people
Suing the wrong person is a surprisingly common issue. This can happen when the solicitors make a mistake – usually in a complex case involving multiple companies – and identify the wrong person to sue.
Deadlines are common in this area and if they aren’t adhered to it can mean that you miss out on the compensation. Quite often a solicitor will delay and miss a deadline resulting in the complete loss of compensation. This can occur with accidents where you need to commence proceedings withing three years of the injury. Other legal cases can involve strict deadlines too, making it a frequent error.
Settling a claim inaccurately
Sometimes your solicitor will mistakenly settle for compensation well below the amount you should have received. This can often be an expensive mistake and it’s well worth investigating for this issue.
Professional negligence can feel like a complex situation to navigate, but by working out whether you’re able to make a claim you begin the process of getting your compensation.