There are many different types of engineer, and each bring their own specialist skills and expertise to a project. If, however, an engineer gets it wrong, the consequences can be drastic. If you have suffered as a result of an engineering mistake, you could be in a position to pursue a professional negligence claim.
Can I sue an engineer?
Yes, in certain circumstances, you can sue an engineer or an engineering company.
This is because engineers owe their clients and customers a duty of care. This means they must provide a standard of skill that would be expected of a reasonably competent engineer. If an engineer fails to achieve this, there will have been a breach of duty. If a breach of duty has caused you to suffer damage, such as financial losses, you can bring a claim for professional negligence.
When might an engineer be negligent?
Engineers are often key to both residential and commercial projects. Whether they are asked to draw up accurate plans or make a building structurally sound, the work of an engineer can be the difference between the success and failure of a project.
Because the stakes are so high, the consequences of an engineering error can be extremely serious. It may delay a project, necessitate further building works and materials, or even result in the project being scrapped altogether.
Examples of negligent engineering practice include –
- Drawing up inaccurate plans
- Providing incorrect advice
- Making the wrong structural calculations
- Using the wrong materials
Will I get compensation?
If your professional negligence claim is successful, you will be awarded compensation. This is intended to put you back in the position you were in before the negligence occurred. This allows you to recover the money you have lost as a result of having to buy new materials, lost opportunities and income, diminished profit, and other damages which would otherwise have been avoided.
What do I do now?
Understanding whether or not you can sue an engineer for professional negligence is not easy. So, if you suspect you might have grounds for a claim against an engineer, we recommend you contact us at Solicitors Near Me UK.
We can connect you with a specialist professional negligence solicitor in your area. This legal expert can then provide detailed advice tailored to your circumstances, explaining whether or not you are able to make a professional negligence claim against an engineer or engineering company.
All professional negligence claims are subject to a time limit, so it is best not to delay when seeking advice from a solicitor. Otherwise you may miss your opportunity to claim compensation.
How much does it cost?
It will not cost you a penny to use our service. We put you in touch with a professional negligence solicitor without any change or obligation on your part. The solicitor we connect you with can explain more about the costs of a professional negligence claim, including the various funding options available.