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What makes a personal injury solicitor negligent? Solicitor Negligence, also referred to as professional negligence, is when a lack of care by your solicitor means that their work falls below the standard you can expect from a reasonably competent legal professional, causing you financial loss.
Fentons Solicitors has built its reputation as one of the country's leading claimant personal injury firms by not only recovering tens of millions of pounds' worth of compensation for accident victims every year, but also ensuring that claimants can have access to justice with peace of mind. It is this experience and expertise that qualifies Fentons Solicitors to act on your behalf if you are unhappy with the service you have received from a personal injury legal professional.
If your personal injury case has settled and you believe you have received a sub-standard service, or if you are unhappy with the quality of legal advice you have received at another firm, Fentons Solicitors can help you pursue a professional negligence case against other personal injury solicitors.
Examples of how personal injury solicitors can be negligent in pursuing your claim include:
Missing the relevant time limit for starting the court process
- The time limit for making a personal injury claim is three years from the accident date if aged 18 or over at the time of the accident
- The limit for making a personal injury claim is three years from the date of your 18th birthday if you were under 18 at the time of the accident
- If your accident occurs while travelling abroad, the limit for making a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident
- Your personal injury solicitor might start the court process in time, but fail to send the papers to the defendant within the four month time limit
Finalising your professional negligence case without getting all the correct evidence
If your personal injury solicitor fails to compile the correct evidence, or does not gather sufficient evidence, your claim might not be valued properly. Examples of this include:
- Failing to appreciate the severe nature of your injuries
- Failing to realise you have suffered a head injury or have developed epilepsy
- Failing to take into account the fact that your job prospects have been adversely affected by your injuries
- Not getting quotes for equipment/facilities you need because of your injury, such as bespoke prosthesis or adaptations to your home in serious injury cases
- Failing to identify what other out-of-pocket expenses you could be entitled to such as private care, gardening, DIY and decorating costs
Losing a personal injury claim by not properly preparing your case
- Failing to obtain important witness evidence
- Not requesting the correct documents when investigating a claim against your employer
- Failing to provide the court with everything a judge needs to properly decide your case
Professional negligence can have serious consequences for the victims, but there are a number of law firms engaging in personal injury work which do not have the appropriate level of experience to pursue many of the complex and substantial cases involved.
If your personal injury solicitor has failed to properly pursue your claim through something they have done incorrectly or something they have failed to do, or if you have been given incorrect advice, you could be missing out on some or all of the compensation to which you are entitled.
How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Where your personal injury solicitor's negligence has caused you financial loss, Fentons Solicitors has a specialist department to help you claim compensation.
If you think you have a case for solicitor negligence or require further assistance, call our freephone helpline on 0800 019 1297, or why not fill in the brief legal services enquiry form.
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