Just like other professions, there are great solicitors, and solicitors who are not so great. Unfortunately, this means that things can go wrong when you hire a solicitor, and you need to know what you options are. For example, can you sue for solicitor negligence. Will you be able to recover or repair the damage that has been caused by an ill advice you received from the solicitor?
When a client hires a solicitor, they are placing their trust in the solicitor. It is because of that level of trust that clients have a difficult time dealing with the consequences that occur as a result of this trust being breached and poor service. In fact, any actions that result from this poor service can be very serious.
Understanding Solicitor Negligence
Simply put, this occurs when a solicitor does not perform up to the professional standards that they have been hired to do. This incompetence can lead to client loss or damage.
An example of this could be that the solicitor settles for far less compensation than the client was entitled to. Like other professionals, a solicitor has a responsibility to his/her clients. They have a duty to care for their clients, and they must perform their duties. What does this mean? This means that the solicitor must perform duties with reasonable care and standards.
Do These Types Of Claims Have Time Limits?
Unfortunately, there are time limits in place as to how long a client can wait before they sue a solicitor for negligence. This time limit is referred to as the limitation period. However, the time limit is dependent on the claim. On the average, the limitation period to sue a solicitor or file a claim against a solicitor is six years.
It is important to note that even if the negligence is not known until a much later date, the client may still be able to sue. This type of claim is considered a ‘date of knowledge’ negligence claim. If this is the case, you may have up to six years after finding out about the negligence to file a claim.
Do You Have A Claim For Negligence Against A Solicitor?
If you were given advice from a solicitor that caused you to experience loss, or a you instructions were not carried out, you may have a claim against a solicitor. It is essential that if you make this type of claim against a solicitor, you must be able to prove negligence that resulted in a loss, and that the solicitor breached your trust and care.
How Much Are These Types Of Claims Worth?
The value of your claim will depend on several factors including:
- Value of loss
- Personal circumstances
- The type of negligence
The solicitor you hire to handle this case for you will work with you so the claims and losses you have endured can be evaluated. He/She will also give be an estimate of the claim value if you decide to go through with the negligence claim.
If you have experienced bad service from a solicitor, you may be able to sue for solicitor negligence. Hire an attorney who specializes in resolving these issues and get the compensation you deserve.