By law, a professional providing a service has a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of skill and care. When a professional’s service or conduct falls short of that duty of care, the client may have a right of action against that professional and receive compensation for any loss suffered.
The loss or damage must be identifiable and the client has to prove that they are worse off as a result of the professional’s negligence.
Who can the claim be brought against?
A claim can be brought against the professional or non professional at fault.
A claim may be brought against professionals such as:
- Computer Consultants
- Insolvency Practitioners
- Medical practitioners
- Patent Attorneys
- Trade Mark Attorneys
and a range of other non-professionals, such as:
- Advertising Agents
- Alternative Health Professionals
- Building Consultants
- Building Designers
- Financial Planners
- Hospitals (Public and Private)
- Pest Controllers
- Real Estate Agents & Valuers
- Superannuation Trustees
- Quantity Surveyors
The above lists are not exhaustive.