All professionals owe their customers and clients a duty of care, including surveyors, valuers and building firms. If this duty of care is breached, causing you to suffer damages, you could be entitled to make a professional negligence claim against those at fault.
Can I make a claim against a surveyor or valuer?
The work performed by surveyors and valuers is very similar in scope. Surveyors often advise on pre-purchase surveys, highlighting restrictions, defects and other issues that will be of interest to a potential buyer. They may also advise on maintenance and repairs. Valuers typically value a property, whether for lending purposes or otherwise.
Whatever leads you to instruct the services of a surveyor or valuer, one thing is for certain – you expect them to deliver a reasonably competent service. After all, you are making large decisions based upon their professional opinion, such as whether or not to buy a house or whether any defects can be readily fixed.
If you received a negligent service and this caused you to incur damages (such as financial losses), there could be grounds for a professional negligence claim.
Can I make a claim against a building firm?
The same goes for building firms. When you have construction or building work carried out, you place your faith in your builders to do a good job. If the standard is shoddy, it may result in you having to pay for further building work, repairs or materials. Any mistakes may also put you in breach of building regulations, creating yet more complications.
In these scenarios, you may be able to make a professional negligence claim against the building firm responsible.
Reasons for claims against surveyors, valuers and building firms
There are many different situations which might lead to a professional negligence claim being made against a surveyor, valuer or building firm, including –
- Surveyors who fail to warn of identifiable defects
- Surveyors or valuers who fail to attend the correct property
- Valuers who fail to take into account all the factors when providing a valuation
- Tradesmen who complete the work to a standard below that expected of a reasonably competent person in their trade
- Tradesmen who use the wrong materials
- Tradesmen who fail to stick to the building plans or regulations
How do I make a professional negligence claim?
If you are unhappy with the service provided by a surveyor, valuer or building firm, contact us now at Solicitors Near Me. We can put you in touch with a solicitor in your local area who specialises in professional negligence claims.
During an initial consultation, you can explain to your solicitor the circumstances of your case. He or she can then advise if you are eligible to pursue a claim for compensation. It is difficult to understand the difference between an inadequate service and professional negligence. That is why it is best to speak to a legal expert to clarify your position.
How much will it cost?
At Solicitors Near Me we do not charge anything. We want to help those in need of legal advice and will connect you with a solicitor free of charge and obligation. If you are told that you can pursue a professional negligence claim, you can discuss the funding options with your solicitor.