If you have been harmed and/or suffered financial loss due to substandard services from a qualified professional, you may be entitled to make a claim for professional negligence.
Negligence is defined as a failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to another person. Legally an individual can be found negligent in one of two ways: by a specific action or by a failure to act.
Types of Professional Negligence
If an investor loses money as a result of being influenced by his broker to invest improperly, that act may be considered negligent because the broker behaved below a reasonable ‘standard of care’. If a patient becomes ill because of her doctor’s failure to investigate her health concerns and diagnose her illness, the doctor’s behaviour may be seen as a failure to act. This second example is also known as medical malpractice.
Professional negligence disputes can involve all types of professionals, such as:
- Financial advisors
- Health care professionals
- Real estate agents
How a Lawyer Can Help
Professional negligence cannot be claimed in just any situation where you are unhappy with the results of working with a professional. Some situations are honest mistakes or accidents. Engaging the services of an experienced professional negligence lawyer who is well versed in this area of law will determine whether or not you have a case.
Hobbs Giroday’s professional negligence lawyers can advise you on key issues such as the existence and scope of duty of care, and quantum of your damages. Professional negligence claims can be extensive, often requiring certain procedures to be followed and enlisting expert opinion to evaluate your claims.
Our lawyers have handled all types of professional negligence from straightforward claims to complicated class actions. Hobbs Giroday also has experience in related negligence areas such as construction litigation, medical malpractice and products liability. We work closely with our clients to come up with the most appropriate and practical plan that will lead to the most favourable outcome.
Contact us to privately discuss your situation, at no charge and without future obligation.