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Making A Professional Negligence Claim

It can be difficult to understand when a professional has been negligent, that is why it’s so important that you understand how to make the best decisions for your situation. Learn more about the things you need to know and how we can help you.


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Making a Professional Negligence Claim

How to make a professional negligence claim

There is bound to come a time in your life where you seek the help of an expert. Whether this is a solicitor, surveyor, valuer, financial adviser or accountant it makes sense to lean on the skill and experience of a fully qualified professional.

The individual or company you call upon has a responsibility to provide a service that meets certain standards. If the service you receive falls below those requirements, you could be left dealing with a major financial headache – not to mention the potential impact on your mental wellbeing.

If you feel you have been let down by someone you have relied on to provide a service, you may be entitled to make a professional negligence claim. But how do you know if you are eligible? How does the process work? And can we take your case on a No Win No Fee basis?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about making a professional negligence claim.

Am I eligible to make a professional negligence claim?

If you feel as though you have been let down by a professional, you could be entitled to make a claim.

If the service they have provided has been sub-standard, you might be left counting the cost in a number of different ways. And if that is the case, its only right that you seek the compensation that could help you turn things around.

If you think you might have grounds for a professional negligence claim, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll offer a free, no-obligation assessment of your situation.

Is there a time limit on making a professional negligence claim?

If you are considering bringing a negligence claim against a professional, it is important to take expert advice with how the time limitations apply to your case.

Professional negligence is a complex area of law and there are different limitation dates for different types of claims. While there may be exceptions, the general rule is that the limitation period in most professional negligence cases is six years from the date of the negligent act. This is set by the Limitation Act 1980. Where the negligence becomes apparent at a later stage this may be extended and is three years from the date of knowledge.

There may be exceptions to this rule, so if you are unsure about how long you have then we recommend contacting us as soon as possible. We want to help you while we still can.

How will I fund my professional negligence claim?

For anyone considering making a professional negligence claim, the issue of legal costs will probably be a key consideration especially where they have already been let down by a professional and incurred fees.

The good news is that when we take on a professional negligence claim, we are usually able to provide our legal representation on a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), more commonly known as No Win No Fee.

How to start a professional negligence claim

Starting your professional negligence claim couldn’t be easier and there are a few different ways for you to get things moving:

How long does it take to make a professional negligence claim?

Each claim is different, with its own unique set of circumstances, so it is very difficult to provide a straightforward answer to this question. The length of time it takes for your case to reach a conclusion will depend on a number of things, such as the amount of evidence that needs to be gathered and whether the professional in question accepts the blame for any negligence.

Could my claim go to court?

Most professional negligence claims are resolved without formal proceedings. If an agreement cannot be reached with the other party and your case does go to court there’s no need to worry – your solicitor will be there to handle all of the legal proceedings on your behalf.

How much compensation could I win?

It’s impossible for us to put an exact figure on how much you could receive if your claim is a success. No two claims are the same, and your compensation will depend on a number of factors, such as the extent of the negligence and the impact it has had on your life. Your solicitor will talk to you about the amount of compensation you can expect during the initial stages.

Can I make a No Win No Fee professional negligence claim?

We handle the vast majority of cases on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if you are unsuccessful in your professional negligence claim, there will be nothing for you to pay. In the event of a successful outcome, we charge a ‘Success Fee’, which will be a mutually agreed percentage of final damages awarded.

The only cost you may have to factor in is that of After The Event (ATE) insurance, which covers all of your legal fees in case your claim is unsuccessful. ATE insurance offers further peace of mind and assurance that your financial interests are protected.

Why come to Been Let Down with your professional negligence claim

Here are just some of the reasons to rely on us when it comes to professional negligence claims:

  • Expert team

Our professional negligence specialists boast many years of experience in handling cases just like yours.

  • Our law firm is independent

We’re an independent law firm, which means all our clients come directly to us and we will always act with your best interests in mind.

  • Fully accredited

All of our solicitors are members of the Law Society and our firm is fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • Supportive service

Our excellent level of service has seen us rewarded with hundreds of glowing independent client reviews.

Get in touch about your professional negligence claim

If you think you have grounds to make a professional negligence claim, we’re here to help you. Our initial consultation will be completely free of charge.

Please get in touch with Been Let Down on 0800 234 3234, by requesting a call-back, or by filling out the online claims form. One of our expert team will be happy to help you.

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Get in touch and find out how we can help with your case for compensation for professional negligence.

Please call us on 0800 234 3234 or contact us and a member of our legal team will call you back.

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