By Chris Moore, Medical Negligence expert and Senior Solicitor at Neil Hudgell Solicitors
One of the reforms introduced by Lord Jackson was to impose fixed costs on many personal injury cases from April 2013. Medical Negligence claims are not covered by fixed costs. Insurers have revealed that they have been alerted by an increase in firms seeking “delegated authority” for insurance cover for clinical negligence claims. Authority is provided prior to a claim being brought and before experts reports have been produced.
Every day people up and down the country are consulting professionals for the paid use of their skill. Whether it is a surveyor, an architect, an accountant or indeed a lawyer who possesses such a specialised expertise, all owe a duty of care to provide a service according to the accepted professional standard. Professional negligence- or ‘professional liability’ as it is more accurately termed- arises where that duty is breached in such a way as to cause damage to be suffered by the client. A successful claim entitles the client to financial compensation from the negligent professional.
By Andy Petherbridge, legal expert in professional negligence claims
Whenever you go through the stress of buying a new house there are always a number of problems you may have to overcome – damp, mould, cracks in walls, badly fitting windows to name but a few.
All these usually become apparent after a detailed survey of the interior of the property.
But many surveyors often pay scant or even no regard to problems which may be outside in the garden.
We were recently awarded the status of an Accredited Practice by APIL. A worthwhile award or just another badge to wear for PR purposes? I would very much suggest the former. I am very proud of the firm achieving this award.
APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) is a long established body which has been fighting for the rights of injured people now for over 20 years.
APIL is a non-profit campaign organisation and its members are dedicated to helping to change personal injury law, protect and enhance access to justice and help to improve the services provided to victims of personal injury either through accident claims or through medical negligence claims.