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.
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Miners failed by Raleys Solicitors may be entitled to more compensation for their vibration injuries.
By Ben Rose, professional negligence expert, Neil Hudgell Solicitors.
Between 1999 and 2012, £1.7 billion was paid to miners who suffered vibration injuries whilst working for the National Coal Board, British Coal Corporation and UK Coal. Hundreds of millions of pounds were also paid to solicitors to advise the miners how to make these claims and the reasonableness of any compensation offers made to them.
But one particular firm – Raleys Solicitors – failed to advise their clients properly and on November 6 2013 His Honour Judge Gosnell, sitting at Leeds County Court, ruled against Raleys Solicitors for the second time for giving injured miners negligent advice.
Miners entitled to claim more for vibration injuries
The case in question was that of Mr Procter. He had received £11,141 for his injuries but could have, had he received the correct advice, received almost double that amount. This is because Mr Procter was entitled to make a claim for the tasks he was no longer able to do for himself as a result of his injuries such as DIY, decorating and car maintenance.
Japanese Knotweed: compensation claims when your house surveyor fails to identify this invasive plant
By Andy Petherbridge, legal expert in professional negligence claims
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.