Professional Negligence *

We advise patients, clients and professionals. The following is a list of the professionals that we either act against or for:

  • Accountants
  • Actuaries
  • Architects
  • Banks
  • Barristers
  • Brokers
  • Chemists
  • Consultants
  • Dentists
  • Doctors
  • Engineers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Insurance Advisors
  • Pension Advisors
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapist
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors
  • Teachers
  • Therapists
  • Trustees

The Law in relation to Professional Negligence

In order to prove that a professional is negligent, it is necessary to establish that no reasonable competent professional, in the relevant field, at the relevant time, with the same qualifications and expertise, faced with the same circumstances, would have acted in the same way.

If it is possible to show that a reasonable and competent body of professional opinion would have acted in the same way, then the advice/action is not considered negligent.

If negligence is established, it is also necessary to establish what is known as "causation".  This links the professional negligence (if established) with the ultimate outcome.  In other words, it needs to be established that but for the error on the part of the professional, the adverse outcome would not have occurred.  If this cannot be proven, there is no case in professional negligence.

Statute of Limitations/Time Limits in Professional Negligence

There are time limits within which actions for professional negligence have to be brought.  If the action is not brought within those time limits the action may not be brought at all.  It is generally advisable to move sooner rather than later.  For further advice on these issues, you are strongly advised to contact a member of our team immediately, in order to ascertain what the specific time limits are in your case.

Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at +353 (0)21 -4275673 or info@cantillons.com if you would like more information.

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