A solicitor negligence claim can vary in its worth. The value of your claim against a solicitor is like all professional negligence claims; it varies greatly depending on many factors, including your personal circumstances and the value of your losses. For example, in our most recent case regarding Mrs R P we recovered nearly £1 million in her settlement after her solicitor undersettled her compensation amount.
The simple answer is that it is worth what you have lost as a result of the professional negligence. In a personal injury claim where the case has been under-settled the amount you receive will approximate to what your compensation should have been if your case had been dealt with adequately.
A professional Negligence claim against a solicitor for an under-settled court case is not a re-run of the original case. The original case has been decided upon and is gone forever; the claim against the solicitor is for the value of the ‘lost chance’ of having your case dealt with properly.
The court has to take into consideration a number of factors before finalising its decision;
The risks involved in the original claim- Would you have been found partly to blame? Would you have settled for less than the full amount if an early offer had been made?
The court also then has to consider the risks involved in proving the Professional Negligence claim.
These factors could reduce the final settlement as they all have to be taken into account. If your case is successful the court is also likely to award additional legal fees which are required in order to put matters right, along with an amount for interest.