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14 August 2008 by Mary Heaney

Professional negligence

Suing a professional who has not performed to the expected standard is often a daunting prospect.

Suing a professional who has not performed to the expected standard is often a daunting prospect. However, if you have suffered financial loss as a consequence, you may be entitled to compensation. Like all compensation claims, time limitations apply so as soon as you are aware of the negligence, you need to take action. A letter of claim must be sent to the professional’s insurers who must provide a detailed response within a set period.


The whole process must be handled carefully to ensure that you have the best possible chance to recover your loss. Sometimes a non-litigious approach will resolve the case so that you don’t have to go to court. Sometimes it won’t and you have to litigate. You need to ensure that the law firm acting for you is skilled in dealing with professional negligence cases as it is a highly specialist area of law.





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