Wakefield | Professional Negligence Solicitors

Our guide provides information about how professional negligence solicitors for Wakefield might be able to assist you in seeking compensation. There are several benefits to working with a solicitor who has experience handling cases similar to your own. We will discuss this further throughout our guide.

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Professional Negligence Solicitors For Wakefield

In cases where a professional failed to make sure that their services met the correct standards, professional negligence may have occurred. As you read the sections below we will explain the criteria that set out when a person could be eligible to make a claim of this nature to be valid.

Various professionals, including accountants, architects, and solicitors, owe their clients a duty of care. We explore some ways in which a breach could mean a client suffers loss as we move through our guide.

In addition to this, we also focus on the ways in which a professional negligence solicitor offering their services under the terms of a kind of No Win No Fee agreement could help you.

You may wish to take advantage of our free case check by calling an advisor. They can assess your case to determine whether you’re eligible to make a claim. Additionally, they can answer any questions you have about professional negligence claims. For further information:

  • Call our expert advisors on 0800 408 7825
  • Complete our online contact form
  • Access immediate advice through the live chat feature to learn more.

 Browse Our Guide

  1. How Can Professional Negligence Solicitors For Wakefield Help You?
  2. When Are You Eligible To Claim For Professional Negligence?
  3. Who Can You Make Professional Negligence Claims Against?
  4. Potential Compensation You Could Receive From A Professional Negligence Claim
  5. Can No Win No Fee Professional Negligence Solicitors For Wakefield Help You Seek Compensation?
  6. Read More About Claiming Compensation For Professional Negligence

How Can Professional Negligence Solicitors For Wakefield Help You?

Whilst it is not a legal requirement to use the services of a solicitor to start a compensation claim, their knowledge and experience of the claims process could benefit you in many ways. For example, a professional negligence solicitor, such as those on our panel, can:

  • Help with putting together relevant evidence
  • Ensure important paperwork and correspondence is handled on your behalf
  • Keep you fully up to date about the claim’s status
  • Accurately value how much your settlement may be worth
  • Make sure that all deadlines and limitation periods are met.

Our panel of professional negligence solicitors for Wakefield could offer their services across the country. This means you are not limited to local solicitors and allows you to select a legal representative based on their expertise rather than just geographical convenience.

You can learn more about how a professional negligence solicitor from our panel could assist you by calling an advisor. If you have a valid claim, they could connect you with a solicitor to begin working on your case.

When Are You Eligible To Claim For Professional Negligence?

Various professionals owe their clients a duty of care. This includes:

  • Solicitors, such as medical negligence solicitors and personal injury solicitors.
  • Architects.
  • Accountants.
  • Surveyors.
  • Engineers.

As part of their duty of care, they need to ensure they provide services of a reasonable skill and care. If they failed to do so, professional negligence may have occurred. However, in order to have valid grounds to begin a professional negligence claim, you need to ensure the following criteria are met.

  • Firstly, you need to show that the professional owed a duty of care to you.
  • Secondly, they breached this duty.
  • Thirdly, you can show, that because of the breach, you suffered loss.

In addition to this, professional negligence claims have a limitation period. This means, generally, legal proceedings need to be started within 6 years.

Our advisors can offer further guidance on eligibility. If you get in touch, you can find out whether you’re eligible to have one of the professional negligence solicitors for Wakefield from our panel represent your claim.

Who Can You Make Professional Negligence Claims Against?

Below are some examples of how professionals could fail to meet the correct standard of service, causing a client loss.

  • Surveyors:  A property assessment could highlight issues of dampness or structural faults but the surveyor might fail to inform the client prior to purchase. This might result in costing their client later on.
  • Accountants: An accountant might miscalculate when submitting tax returns on behalf of their client. This could prompt a penalty causing financial loss.
  • Financial advisors:  A client could make a bad investment based on incorrect advice from their financial advisor. As a result, the client could experience a monetary loss.
  • Architects: Architects can fail to apply for correct planning permission. This may mean that building work needs to be halted, or the demolition of a building needs to take place, costing the client significantly.

Can You Sue A Solicitor For Professional Negligence?

The Code of Conduct outlined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) sets the standards of professionalism expected of solicitors. The SRA regulates solicitors, as well as law firms, across England and Wales. A complaint could be made to the SRA if there has been a failure on your solicitors part to ensure these standards are adhered to. However, it should be noted that it’s not automatically a case of professional negligence if these are not adhered to.

If a solicitor, such as a personal injury or medical negligence solicitor, breaches their duty of care, it could cause you a loss of chance to pursue your claim. This could mean your whole claim, or part of it.

The following are examples of ways in which a solicitor could cause you a loss of chance by breaching their duty of care:

  • Valuing your medical negligence claim too low: Although you may provide your solicitor with evidence of psychological harm, they could still fail to consider this when valuing your compensation. Instead, they only consider your physical harm resulting in you receiving less than you were entitled to for your medical negligence claim.
  • Missing the time limit for a personal injury claim: A typical three-year time limit applies to starting legal proceedings in personal injury claims. Solicitors who fail to ensure a claim is brought forward in this time, can cause the claim to be time-barred. This means the claimant forfeits the chance to pursue their compensation claim.
  • Failure to comply correctly with court instructions: Courts may set deadlines for solicitors to meet throughout the duration of a claim. If any of them are not met, the claim may be struck out. Once again, this could cause the claimant to suffer a loss of chance to pursue all, or part of their claim.

To learn whether our panel of professional negligence solicitors for Wakefield could help you seek compensation, please get in touch with an advisor on the number above.

Potential Compensation You Could Receive From A Professional Negligence Claim

Compensation in professional negligence claims that are successful tries to put the person in the position they would have been in before the professional negligence occurred. Settlements can also see an additional 8% interest added for each year that has passed.

Below we provide a table which lists potential examples of professional negligence settlements. However, it’s essential to remember that these amounts are guidelines as the value of each claim is calculated on a case-by-case basis.

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Claim Type Potential Award
Solicitor Negligence Up to £500,000+
Accountant Negligence Up to £500,000+
Engineer Negligence Up to £500,000+
Financial Advisor Negligence Up to £500,000+
Surveyor Negligence Up to £500,000+

If you choose to work with one of the professional negligence solicitors for Wakefield from our panel, they could help ensure your claim is valued accurately. To find out more about how they could help, and the compensation you could potentially receive following a successful claim, please call an advisor on the number above.

Can No Win No Fee Professional Negligence Solicitors For Wakefield Help You Seek Compensation?

Our panel of experienced professional negligence solicitors for Wakefield are able to offer expert advice and support at each stage of the claims process. They can help you seek compensation under a kind of No Win No Fee contract. Whilst there are different types, the one you will be given is called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which can mean the following:

  • There is no need for you to pay for the services carried out by your solicitor at the beginning of the claims process, as the claim proceeds, or if your case completes unsuccessfully.
  • If the claim succeeds, your solicitor will take a success fee. They will take this as a percentage of your compensation. However, the amount they can take is subject to a legal cap, ensuring you receive the majority of your payout. You will also be given the opportunity to talk to your solicitor about the fee, and ask any other questions about a CFA, prior to any work being done on your claim.

You may have some questions about the validity of your claim. If so, get in touch with our team to determine whether you could seek professional negligence compensation.

You can also learn more about whether one of the professional negligence solicitors for Wakefield from our panel could assist you on a No Win No Fee basis. To get in touch:

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