Professional Negligence

Professional negligence is in fact negligence committed by a person who possesses more training and skills as compared to an average person. If a person is professional trained and is highly skilled, then they are expected to execute their tasks competently. If they fail to do so then it is considered negligence on the part of the professional. Clients who have suffered damages can actually sue the professional person.

*While medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence, it is covered elsewhere because is causes so much litigation. Some examples are as follows:

Legal Malpractice

  • Failure to properly document terms of a commercial deal
  • Missed statute of limitations (filed the case too late)
  • Theft of clients' money

Accounting Malpractice

  • Failure to file proper returns
  • Failure to discover employee theft
  • Failure to keep proper records

*The deadline for filing most professional negligence claims in court in Illinois is 2 years from the date when the plaintiff knew or should have known of the negligence of the professional and that injuries resulted therefrom. It should be noted, however, that there are exceptions to this rule.