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What is Professional Negligence?

By law any professional delivering a service has a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of skill or care. When a professional fails to do so, resulting in you suffering a loss, then you could be  eligible to receive compensation for such loss.

If you’ve put your trust in a professional and they’ve let you down you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

A professional practice, be it a doctor; solicitor; accountant; engineer or otherwise, carries with it a responsibility to deliver a service that is in accordance with accepted professional practice. If that professional breaches their duty of care towards you, then you must prove that you have suffered an identifiable loss. That loss, whether a financial or injury related loss, must be directly related to that professional’s negligence. You also have to prove that you have become worse off as a result of that negligence.

Our Professional Negligence Services

Our specialist lawyers have decades of experience with disputes against a range of professional fields. Turner Freeman offers clear, comprehensive and professional advice to our clients, as well as providing assistance to determine the best course of action for each client. We consult clients who have suffered:

  • Misleading or deceptive professional advice;
  • Inappropriate financial advice;
  • Mistakes made by an architect or builder;
  • Solicitor incompetence;
  • Negligence made by medical practitioners; or
  • Errors made by an accountant.


How we can help you?

How we can help you?

Our experienced team of lawyers can:

  • Investigate whether a professional duty of care has been breached
  • Establish whether a claim can be made
  • Explore alternative avenues for compensation from poor professional advice
  • Determine the best course of action to minimise risk and maximise return
  • Offer professional litigation services when necessary.

Do I have a claim?

Can I claim for professional negligence?

If you have engaged a professional person or a firm or company which provides professional services and you paid for advice, work to be done, service or treatment which has left you dissatisfied, financially worse off or caused you to suffer a financial loss or injury, you may have a claim.

You may have a claim for breach of contract.  You may also have a claim against the professional for negligence.

To establish or prove the negligence claim, we must be able to show that:- (a) the professional you engaged owed you a duty of care; and (b) the professional breached the duty of care which was owed to you; and (c) as a result of the breach of duty of care, you have suffered loss and damage.

There may be other potential causes of action or ways to approach the claim which we can discuss when we know more about the facts and the likely evidence in the case.

Do I need to see a lawyer?

If you believe you might have a claim and if you wish to find out if your potential claim is worthwhile to pursue, the short answer is yes. In reality and from our experience from seeing first hand the bad outcomes that people achieve without lawyers, the answer is absolutely yes.

How can a lawyer help me with my claim?

A good lawyer will focus on whether he or she can justify their involvement in the case so that you can be confident that the benefits of using a lawyer will outweigh or far outweigh the legal costs.  This is our focus from day one to the end of your claim.

What can I claim for? What am I entitled to receive?

What can I claim for?

The aim and objective of the claim and the legal system is to place you back the same or similar financial position you would be in right now had the professional not been negligent and/or not breached the contract with you.

In other words, but for the negligence or breach of contract, what would be your financial position right now?  The assessment or calculation of the compensation involves some degree of estimation and speculation and this is why expert legal advice is critical which is where we can assist as have the experience and expertise.

We can advise you in greater detail about precisely what you can and can't claim for when we are across all the facts and the evidence regarding your claim.

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