Solicitors, including personal injury solicitors, owe their clients a duty of care to provide services that meet the correct standard. A failure to do so could result in you experiencing a loss of chance; the lost opportunity to pursue all or part of your personal injury claim. This could constitute professional negligence. Throughout this guide, we will explore when you could be eligible to make a professional negligence claim and how much compensation for solicitors negligence you could be owed if you succeed.
Later in our guide, we will explore how solicitor negligence could occur and the impact it could have on you and your initial claim for a personal injury.
Finally, this guide will discuss how an experienced professional negligence solicitor from our panel could assist you in seeking compensation.
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The purpose of making a professional negligence claim is to put you in the position you would have been in had your solicitor provided services to the correct standard. As such, when making a successful claim for professional negligence against a personal injury solicitor, your settlement could consist of the following two heads of loss:
- General damages compensate for the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the injuries sustained. Solicitors may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside any medical evidence, to help them assign a value to this aspect of your claim. The JCG contains guideline award brackets that correspond to different injuries.
- Special damages compensate for the financial losses incurred due to the injuries sustained. This could include lost income, care costs, and medical expenses. Evidence, such as pay slips and receipts, can help prove these expenses.
Additionally, you can receive 8% interest per annum on top of your settlement.
The table contains figures from the JCG. Please use them as a guide only as settlements are calculated on an individual basis.
|Guideline Compensation Brackets
|£282,010 to £403,990
|The person requires full-time nursing care.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Nerve root and spinal cord damage.
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Injuries that result in permanent problems with mobility.
|Permanent and Substantial Disablement
|£39,170 to £59,860
|Serious fractures to both or one forearm resulting in significant residual disability.
|£19,200 to £48,030
|Injuries associated with neck injuries involving damage to the brachial plexus leaving lasting disability.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Fractures and tears that lead to disabilities of a less serious nature.
For further guidance on how much compensation for solicitor negligence you could receive after a successful claim, please call the number above.
Professionals, including personal injury solicitors, owe their clients a duty of care. They must provide services that meet the correct standards. The way in which they are expected to uphold this duty may differ depending on the profession in which they work.
For example, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is an independent regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales. They set out the Code of Conduct which describes the professional standards expected of solicitors. You can make a complaint to the SRA if these standards aren’t adhered to. However, it is not necessarily professional negligence if this Code isn’t upheld.
In order to begin a professional negligence claim against a solicitor, you need to prove the following:
- Your solicitor owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty.
- You experienced a loss as a result. In the case of a personal injury solicitor, this loss would be the lost opportunity to proceed with all or part of your initial personal injury claim.
For more information on the eligibility requirements to make a professional negligence claim, contact us by using the information provided above.
Below, we have provided examples of how a solicitor could breach their duty of care and caused you to suffer a loss of chance.
- Under-settling your claim: Your solicitor may fail to include loss of earnings when calculating the value of your claim, despite being provided evidence of the financial loss. As a result, you receive a lower settlement than you’re entitled to and lose the chance to seek compensation for your lost income.
- Missing the limitation date: Personal injury claims generally have a time limit of three years in which you need to initiate legal proceedings. If this is missed, it could mean your case becomes statute-barred resulting in you being unable to continue pursuing your case.
- Failure to adhere to court rules or instructions: A failure to comply with court deadlines or instructions laid down by the court can mean all or part of your claim is struck out. This means that you will no longer be able to pursue all of your case, or the part that was struck out.
To discuss your specific case, or to find out how much compensation for a solicitors negligence could potentially be awarded, call an advisor by using the information above.
Providing you have a valid claim, you could choose to instruct a professional negligence solicitor from our panel to assist you in seeking compensation. They offer their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement which is a type of No Win No Fee contract, the terms of which typically mean you won’t be expected to pay any upfront or ongoing costs for the solicitor’s work. Similarly, in the scenario that you’re not successful in your claim, you won’t pay for the work your solicitor has completed on the case.
If you’re successful in your claim, you’ll have to pay a success fee from your compensation. This is taken as a percentage that has a legal cap as per The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
For further guidance on seeking compensation for professional negligence, please call our team of advisors. Once they have assessed your case, they may connect you with a helpful No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to assist you through the claims process. Alternatively, they can answer any questions you might have regarding your potential case.
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We also have other guides relating to personal injury claims:
- How Much Compensation For A Broken Forearm?
- How Much Compensation For A Broken Leg?
- How Much Compensation For A Foot Injury?
Alternatively, you can use the following links to learn more:
Thank you for reading our helpful guide on how much compensation for solicitors negligence could be awarded following a successful claim against a professional. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on the number above.