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If you have suffered losses because of a lawyer’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation to cover that loss.

Legal professionals have a duty to perform their services with a reasonable standard of care and skill. If that duty of care is breached, and you have suffered loss as a result, then you may be entitled to claim compensation against your lawyer.

Examples of lawyer professional negligence may include:

  • Failing to lodge documents or commence proceedings within the required time frame, resulting in loss;
  • Providing incorrect or incomplete advice, resulting in loss or damage;
  • Drafting documents with errors or oversights, causing you loss;
  • Failing to act with reasonable skill or care, causing you loss.

Time limits apply when making professional negligence claims against a solicitor or other legal professionals, so it is best to seek legal advice as early as possible.

Lawyer Malpractice Claims

To establish lawyer malpractice, otherwise known as lawyer professional negligence, you will need to prove:

  1. The solicitor, lawyer or other legal professional owed you a duty of care;
  2. The lawyer breached their duty of care by performing their services below an accepted standard;
  3. You suffered a financial loss or other form of damage as a result of the breach.

Additional factors must also be considered before you will be able to bring a professional negligence claim against your lawyer.

Lionheart Lawyers are well-versed in the complexities of professional negligence law and will be able to advise you of whether your may have valid cause to pursue a professional negligence claim against your lawyer.

Challenging the Results Delivered by a Lawyer

You may wish to challenge the results delivered by your lawyer if, for instance, your lawyer:

  • Mislead you about your prospects of winning or losing your case;
  • Failed to adequately prepare your case;
  • Made an error or omission while preparing documents;
  • Missed a critical deadline.

However, not all errors, poor results or failures by your lawyer will constitute professional negligence.

You must be able to show that the results delivered by your lawyer breached a duty of care which they owed to you. This will include gathering expert evidence from other legal professionals which proves that your lawyer acted in a manner below the accepted standard, as determined by the legal profession.

Additionally, you must be able to show that the professional negligence resulted in a loss. Examples of loss may include:

  • Financial penalties;
  • Legal costs;
  • Loss of opportunity.

Suing a Lawyer for Damages due to Professional Negligence

If you believe you may have a valid professional negligence claim against your lawyer, contact the expert team at Lionheart Lawyers. We will listen to you, assess your eligibility to sue for damages, and provide you with tailored advice.

We will gather evidence to support your claim and prove both their breach of duty and your losses, including financial information, expert reports and other documentation.

We will then submit your lawyer professional negligence claim and pursue compensation with the aim to put you back in the position that you would have been in if the professional negligence had not occurred.

Call Lionheart Lawyers today for a free initial consultation about your lawyer professional negligence matter.

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