Professional Negligence Lawyer Gold Coast
When mistakes are made by professionals the consequences can be severe. Financial loss or in some instances personal injury can result. However, professionals owe a duty of care to their clients and if held to breach this duty compensation can be claimed. Often these claims are not straightforward and it is essential to obtain experienced advice when seeking an assessment of your position. At Southside Legal we have an expert Gold Coast professional negligence lawyer that has substantial experience in these matters. The principal of the firm has acted for many claimants and has previously acted for defendant insurers in these matters. The knowledge gained in these previous cases can be utilised to your advantage if you believe you may have a professional or medical negligence compensation claim. A no obligation enquiry can be made at any time for a free case assessment.
It is important to note that almost all professionals hold professional indemnity insurance. As such it is not the professional who will be paying the compensation to you on a successful claim, but the insurer. Sometimes professionals will readily accept they have made a mistake and have not performed their duties to an acceptable level. Compensation can usually be secured relatively promptly in these circumstances, but regularly the insurer will vigorously defend the matter and it is essential to secure an early experienced opinion from a professional negligence specialist on where you stand. Often it is important to obtain the opinion of another expert and Southside Legal has good connections to help support you with securing an appropriate professional negligence expert.
Typical examples of professional negligence claims include claims made against lawyers, doctors, accountants, financial advisors, engineers, brokers and building inspectors.
It is necessary to be able to establish that the loss you suffered arose from the actual negligence of the professional. This can on occasion be a very complex task and if negligence can be established the insurer will be trying as hard as possible to reduce the damages payable. Southside Legal can lead you through the difficult issues and we will ensure you are informed as soon as possible in straightforward language just where you stand and take on the big insurers to secure you the best possible financial outcome.
Time limitations apply to professional negligence claims and early notification provisions apply to certain types of claims. If you believe you may have a claim we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to find out on a no obligation basis, whether there is merit to your claim and whether further investigations are justified. In certain approved matters Southside Legal will run your case on the basis that no professional fees are payable by you until there has been a successful completion of your claim. In most successful cases the majority of the costs and outlays are paid by the defendant insurer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be suing my doctor and will he/she have to personally pay for any damages?
Medical practitioners are required to hold professional indemnity insurance. Claims made against them will be referred to their insurers who deal with the claims themselves. The only liability to the medical practitioner would be an excess payable under his or her insurance policy.
Does a claim take very long?
In some instances, insurance companies for the professional will accept that their customer is at fault and will wish to settle the claim made as soon as possible. In those instances, claims can sometimes be finalised within a few months. However, if the defendant insurer wishes to defend the proceedings, the matter can take longer to finalise. We utilise mediation procedures as soon as possible in an effort to resolve matters as quickly as we can. However, if no agreement is reached and it is necessary to go to court, some cases can take a few years.
How do I know if I have a good claim?
We will assess your case in our first interview. If we advise you that you have low chances of success and you do not wish to pursue the matter any further, there will be no charge to you. Sometimes with medical negligence matters, it is necessary to get a report from an independent medical practitioner commenting upon the services provided by the doctor you wish to pursue. Until this report is obtained it is sometimes not possible to appropriately advise you on whether you have good chances of success or not as the issues involved are often extremely technical. We have been involved in many medical negligence claims and have a good “feel” for matters, however all matters need to be carefully investigated.