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How to sue for Professional Negligence

If you wish to make a claim against a professional for negligence you must establish that not only did he breach his duty of care to you which caused your loss, but that you did not contribute to that loss in any material way.

The nature of a professional negligence claim is that it is brought against a professional whose advice you have relied on but thereafter suffered a loss or damage.

Who can I bring a claim of Professional Negligence against?

Why do I need legal advice from a professional negligence lawyer in order to bring a claim?

Professional negligence claims are complex and are usually expensive. Due to the nature of these cases and the complexities involved, it is advisable that your first step is to seek legal advice on potential claims. It is important that this advice comes from a specialist solicitor who is experienced in dealing with such claims. 

There are certain pre-action steps which must be followed for certain cases and the evidence needed to support your claim will be different according to the case. 

While you may have your own views on being “wronged” by those who provided advice to you, you will need a specialist to guide you on processes involved and the type of evidence you will need in order to make a valid claim under the law.

Time limits for a Professional Negligence dispute

In the process of bringing a claim for professional negligence, the law clearly states that you must do so within a specified period of time. This time period is known as the limitation period. 

Any negligence claim you may wish to bring will be subject to time limits of 6 years from the date of the negligence and it is therefore essential that while you need to have evidence of your case, you should not unreasonably delay in bringing your claim. If you can prove that you were not aware that your professional adviser was negligent before your time period expires, you may be able to seek an extension to bring this claim.