Suing for Professional Negligence in Ontario

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      Suing for Professional Negligence in Ontario

      Suing for Professional Negligence in Ontario

      Suing for professional negligence in Ontario is possible. Professionals such as accountants, engineers or doctors are held to a higher standard than other professions as they are stewards of the public trust. When a professional makes a serious mistake that falls to the level of negligence, it is possible the error could lead to a personal injury claim. Understanding professional negligence will help you determine if you have a claim.

      The simple definition of professional negligence is when someone fails to meet a standard of care in a way that any reasonable person in the same position and with the same knowledge would have met. In other words, it is not enough to simply say the professional made a mistake. You must also demonstrate that the mistake is one that any other expert in that field would not have made under the same circumstances. For this reason, it can be very difficult to prove professional negligence.

      Examples of Professional Negligence

      There are some fairly recognizable examples of what could be called professional negligence. If an accountant completed your tax returns improperly or did not adequately manage your books, they may be guilty of professional negligence. If the accountant embezzled from you or failed to detect fraud when someone else embezzled from you, you may also have a claim. You may have a claim against other professions as well. If you hired an architectural engineer to design a building for you and that building collapses due to an egregious error by the engineer, you could have a claim for professional negligence. A pharmacist who gives you the wrong prescription or gives you one that is of a significantly higher dose than prescribed, you could file a claim against the pharmacist. Other industries where professional negligence could exist include psychologists, financial planners, morticians, clergy, real estate agents and more.

      Elements of Professional Negligence

      In Canada, you must meet five elements in order to prove professional negligence. The first is the existence of duty for the lawyer to exercise reasonable care. Once you have established that that duty existed, you must prove that the expert failed to exercise reasonable care and that the failure caused you harm in some way. The harm must have caused damage, normally in the form of financial losses. The last of the elements of professional negligence is that the harm must be in the scope of liability. If you cannot prove even one of these elements, you may have difficulty suing for professional negligence in Ontario. One thing to remember is that, as a client, you are also required to fulfill certain obligations under the law. You must provide your accountant with all the information they need to manage your books. A pharmacist may need to know of any allergies to medication. Failure to provide complete information could limit your ability to file a claim for professional negligence.

      Proving and Suing for Professional Negligence in Ontario

      Before suing for professional negligence, you have the ability to file a formal complaint with the organization that governs the profession. If you have a complaint against an accountant, you would file it with the Chartered Accountants of Ontario while a complaint against an engineer would be with the Professional Engineers Ontario. However, filing a complaint does not mean you cannot sue the professional who you believe was negligent. In order to do so, you will need to talk to a lawyer who understands professional negligence and will be able to guide you through the process.

      Do You Have a Professional Negligence Claim?

      Although it can be difficult to prove an expert was negligent it is possible that you can obtain relief through a lawsuit. Before you seek advice, you want to review your claim to be sure you meet all the elements necessary in Ontario. If you meet all those elements, you may have a claim for professional negligence. Some of the things you will want to determine are:

      • Did the professional have a duty to exercise reasonable care?
      • Did they fail to exercise that care?
      • Did that failure cause you harm, physically or financially?
      • Do the actions fall under the scope of liability?

      If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is possible you may have a claim for professional negligence.

      If you believe a professional has been negligent, you need to talk to a lawyer who understands the complicated process in proving professional negligence. A lawyer will guide you through the process and work to get you the compensation you may be entitled to receive under the law.

      1 Comment(s)

      1. Suing for Professional Negligence in Ontario
        David Taylor

        i have been a victim of accounting malpractice

        the action and inactions of my accountant drove my 20 year old successful business under in less than 2 years when he started blocking me

        he would refuse to send me weekly reports

        failed to advise me we were behind on current source deduction with CRA and i stuck with that debt too

        i personally lost $ 300 000.00 in wages when the company went in to receivership

        and my $ 700 000.00 home will be out of my possession on 6 September

        a key witness to this behavior of my accountant is my lawyer

        he also did not notify me that my Key Man life insurance policy was not paid and I lost that also

        the policy was for $ 2 000 000.00

        my accountant would not respond to his E mails requesting weekly reporting

        I hope you can help me




        January 17, 2022 at 5:41 pm

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