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PSR Solicitors of Colwyn Bay have recovered £10,000 in professional negligence damages from our client’s previous solicitor.
Our client fell down a series of steps, resulting in a severe fracture to her ankle. The injury required surgery, the insertion of metalwork and caused her to miss nearly five months of work due to severe pain and scarring. The client contacted another firm of solicitors who began acting for her in making a claim against various potential defendants to recover compensation for her injuries and financial losses. Liability was denied, but the client’s previous solicitors nevertheless went ahead and began gathering medical evidence with a view to issuing court proceedings.
In the event that a claim cannot be settled within a three year period, then court proceedings must be issued against all potential defendants by the third anniversary of the accident. Once court proceedings are issued, there are then further deadlines in relation to serving those papers on the parties involved. However, in this instance, the client’s former solicitors failed to comply with those deadlines, and then compounded the problem by failing to inform the client of this for many months. As a direct consequence of her former solicitors failing to meet these deadlines, the client was left with her claim having been presented to the defendant outside of the required timeframes, resulting in the client being unable to seek compensation from them. Her solicitors had acted negligently and their actions meant that the client was denied the opportunity to pursue compensation for her injuries and losses.
The client instructed us in February 2019. We obtained her file from the previous solicitors and reviewed it thoroughly, identifying the problems described above. We then agreed to act under a “no-win-no-fee” agreement in pursuit of a claim for professional negligence against the client’s former solicitors, with the aim of recovering at least some of the compensation which their actions denied her the opportunity to get from the defendants.
As the client had ongoing symptoms from her injuries, the medical evidence was incomplete, so we reapproached the original medical expert with some up-to-date records and obtained a further report. We also calculated the client’s financial losses and, once everything had bee properly collated, we presented her claim to her former solicitors.
Upon receipt of our detailed letter of claim, the client’s former solicitors accepted that they had acted negligently and we then entered into settlement negotiations.
When making a professional negligence claim of this nature, the compensation the claimant is entitled to is not necessarily as much as the amount they might have received if their original personal injury claim had been successful. The compensation due from the client’s former solicitors is intended to reflect the client’s loss of opportunity to pursue her original personal injury claim and the possibility that she would have been awarded compensation. We valued the client’s personal injury claim in the region of £12,000 to £14,000. We then entered into negotiations with the client’s former solicitors and ultimately agreed on a professional negligence settlement of £10,000, which was an excellent outcome.
If you previously pursued a personal injury claim or with solicitors which failed, or if you are concerned that your solicitors may have undervalued your personal injury claim, then contact PSR Solicitors to make a professional negligence claim.
Established in 2009, PSR Solicitors is one of the foremost professional negligence law firms across North Wales and Cheshire. With offices in Colwyn Bay, Ellesmere Port, Rhyl, Shotton, Wrexham and Wallasey, we are experts in successfully handling all aspects of professional negligence claims.
If you are seeking legal recourse and financial compensation after suffering professional negligence and are seeking free initial expert advice and opinion from a fully qualified solicitor then please contact PSR Solicitors. Using one of our specialist Professional Negligence Claims Lawyers is the best way to seek justice following your experience.
Contact our Dispute & Litigation Solicitors in Wales or Cheshire safe in the knowledge that we will have your best interests as our priority whilst we advise you and proceed with your claim.
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I qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and worked as a Personal Injury Specialist throughout my legal career, dealing with high value serious injury cases obtaining both compensation and rehabilitation for my clients. I was a member of APIL (Association Of Personal injury Lawyers) and recognised by the Law Society as being a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor.
After working in various law firms, both small high street firms and a larger practice in Manchester, I saw a gap in the market for a high quality practice that had the same core high street values of being personable and approachable and combining them with the efficiency and professionalism of a larger practice. PSR Solicitors was therefore established in 2009 and since then PSR Solicitors has provided high quality legal services to local clients throughout North Wales and Cheshire.
I live in Chester with my young family and 2 dogs and enjoy regular holidays along the coast of North Wales and Ibiza.
I have recently been asked to join the board of trustees at Platform For Life, a mental health counselling charity in Chester. Good mental health is the foundation of a more fulfilled, happy and healthy life, yet many families struggle to access the help and support they need to achieve it. Platform for Life offers free local counselling and play therapy for families who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
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