If a Surveyor makes a mistake when they’re inspecting and valuing a property, the consequences for the home buyer or home builder can be severe. For instance, your house may have potential structural problems because a key defect was missed, or you may have bought a property that isn't worth the amount you paid for it.
Mistakes by a Surveyor can cause you a financial loss and impact on the enjoyment of your home. However, our Professional Negligence Solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.
For free legal advice call our Professional Negligence Solicitors. Ask if we can deal with your compensation claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Do I Have a Valid Claim?
There are different types of reports that Surveyors can provide you with when buying a house or a flat, and these reports determine the Surveyor’s responsibilities.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to identify whether the Surveyor’s report you received was in fact negligent. But by speaking to one of our Professional Negligence Solicitors, we can clarify the situation for you and let you know if you have grounds for making a claim.
Common Reasons for Surveyor Negligence Claims include:
- Failing to notice subsidence or structural issues
- Failing to notice damp, wood rot, or asbestos
- Under or over-valuing a property
How to Make a Claim against a Surveyor
The claims process usually involves the following:
You'll first need to speak to one of our Professional Negligence Solicitors about your case. Make sure you provide them with as much detail as possible, the type of survey/s you paid for, as well as a copy of the survey report, so that we can analyse the details and the terms and conditions.
Your Professional Negligence Solicitor will then obtain other evidence that relates to your case. This may include the opinion of an impartial Surveyor, as their perspective will help to show whether the Surveyor’s report you received was below par.
Following this stage, your Solicitor can assess whether or not your claim is valid and outline your grounds for making a professional negligence claim.
Time Limit for Making a Claim
You must make a claim for compensation within 6 years of the date on which the negligence took place, or 3 years from the date you became aware of the negligence. However, there are cases when there's a delay between the negligence and its consequences, and in such instances, it's possible to extend the amount of time you have for making a claim.
How Simpson Millar Can Help You
We will listen to the details of your situation and offer you free initial legal advice. We can identify whether you can make a claim for compensation and if so, we can fight to ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Once we know the details of your case, we can advise you if we can take your case on a No Win, No Fee Agreement, and we’ll be happy to explain how this works.
At Simpson Millar, our Professional Negligence Solicitors have years of specialist expertise and experience in dealing with claims against Surveyors, Independent Financial Advisers, Solicitors, Barristers, Architects and Accountants.
We’re also members of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.
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