| Claim against a personal injury lawyer

Our expert team of professional negligence solicitors has over 50 years of experience in advising people on professional negligence claims. We can help you if your solicitor has caused you loss.

Personal injury solicitor duty of care

All professionals owe their clients a duty of care. This means that they must perform their jobs to a reasonable standard and with reasonable care. If your personal injury lawyer’s advice falls below the standard that you should reasonably expect, you may be able make a professional negligence claim against your lawyer.

Professional negligence in personal injury claims

When you have suffered an injury or feel that the medical treatment you received was substandard (known as medical negligence), it is understandable that you will want to take legal advice. We expect personal injury solicitors to act in our best interest and to give good advice. Indeed, in most cases they do. However, sometimes things go wrong, meaning that you lose out financially as a result. Examples of negligence in a personal injury claim include:

  • Missing deadlines including limitation dates and court deadlines
  • Failing to obtain all the correct medical evidence
  • Solicitor’s dishonesty
  • Under-settling claims. Where the compensation you received fell short of what you had expected or had been led to believe you would receive, your lawyer may have under-settled your claim.
  • Solicitor unexpectedly deducting money from your compensation
  • Failing to appreciate the severity of your injuries.
  • Instructing the incorrect expert, leading to you receiving less compensation
  • Giving you unreasonable advice.

If you feel you have a claim against your personal injury lawyer, it is important to seek specialist legal advice from an experienced professional negligence solicitor. There are strict time limits for professional negligence claims including those against solicitors. In the main, this is six years. However, there are some exceptions, so it is worth getting in touch to discuss your claim. We always recommend that you contact us as soon as you become aware of any negligence.

Complaints against personal injury lawyers

If you have a complaint about a solicitor’s service, you may be able to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. As part of our advice, we will consider whether you may have a valid Legal Ombudsman complaint.

Even if you have had a negative decision from the Legal Ombudsman, we may still be able to help you.

Can I make a claim against my personal injury solicitor?

If you have suffered financial loss (which we can help identify) as a result of your personal injury solicitor, you may be able to sue your solicitor for negligence. For a successful professional negligence claim, you must be able to show that the lawyer breached their duty of care to you and that you suffered loss as a result.

In some instances, a personal injury solicitor will instruct a barrister on your behalf. If you think their advice was incorrect, we can advise you whether to bring a professional negligence claim against the barrister as well as, or instead of, the solicitor.

We will advise you on all aspects of your claim and give you clear costs advice*.

If you would like a FREE, no obligation discussion to see if you have a professional negligence claim against your personal injury solicitor, call us on (freephone) 0800 988 7756.

With offices in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Harrogate and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your claim, no matter where you are.

*Please note, we do not offer no win no fee agreements. For further information, please see our pricing page.

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Steven Newdall

MANAGING PARTNER


T. 0113 297 3152
E. snewdall@levisolicitors.co.uk

Steven has 25 years’ experience in professional negligence claims and is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants, and has a particular speciality in claims against solicitors.

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