An Overview of Legal Negligence
When you obtain the services of an attorney, you are supposed to receive quality legal services from a skilled and knowledgeable professional. If your attorney does not handle your legal issue with honesty, integrity, or accuracy, then you could have legal grounds to sue them for negligence. Their punishment for such a claim could lead to a loss of their license to practice law.
Whenever you’re troubled by how your attorney has managed your legal issue, talk to them about it immediately. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding that needs to be cleared up. But if you feel like they’re still not doing their job properly, then you have two choices.
Firstly, you can report them to the commission of their local government, whether it be their territory or state. Secondly, you can seek another lawyer and sue the first lawyer for the financial losses that you incurred from their negligence.
How to Determine Legal Negligence?
A negligent attorney is someone who did not perform the legal duties and services they were supposed to perform for their client. For instance, a breach of their sworn duty as an attorney would be considered legal negligence.
Let’s look at some examples of when an attorney would be considered negligent:
- Misleading the client with false messages or communications.
- Offering wrong or inaccurate legal advice.
- Not taking any action prior to a statutory limitation period expiration date.
- Filing a lawsuit against the wrong person or company.
- Not having a valid reason when eliminating the retainer.
- Taking action without having any instructions or advisement.
- Drafting an inaccurate or damaging legal document for the client.
Even if you’re not happy with the end result of a particular legal issue or case, it doesn’t necessarily mean your attorney was negligent. An attorney can do everything right on their end and still lose a case. The facts and evidence of a particular case are what really determine the outcome. These are things out of the attorney’s control.
However, if the outcome was jeopardized because of the attorney’s unprofessional actions, then that is a different story. You can find out for sure whether your attorney was negligent by calling our office. We will review your claim and determine whether you have a right to seek compensation for your lawyer’s possible negligence.
Don’t Wait Too Long
Don’t wait too long to file a legal negligence claim. There are time limitations on how long you have to file such a claim. It all depends on the laws of your state. In most cases, you have between 3 to 6 years to file a claim. Find out for sure by calling us for a free consultation.
We care about each one of our clients because everyone’s circumstances are different. That is why we always consult with each client on a one-on-one basis. If it turns out that you have suffered losses because of legal negligence, we can recommend the next course of action that you should take.
Before you call us, try speaking to your attorney one more time to see if you can clear up the issue with them. If they continue to give you a hard time or continue to mishandle your issue, then give us a call, and we will proceed as needed.