When you place your trust in a lawyer, you assume that they will do everything in their power to assist you in achieving your legal goals—whether that includes securing damages for a wrongful injury or avoiding a criminal conviction—but unfortunately, this is not always the case. Like anyone else, lawyers too are prone to making mistakes and ill-fated decisions; however, this does not mean that you should have to suffer the consequences. If your attorney has breached the standard of care that they are legally obligated to uphold, you may have grounds to file a legal malpractice lawsuit. However, it should be noted that simply losing a case or arriving at an "unjust" conclusion is not evidence of legal malpractice.
In order to file a legal malpractice lawsuit, you will need to prove that:
- An attorney-client relationship existed
- Your attorney breached the standard of care
- The breach of duty caused you financial harm
- You have suffered actual financial losses
Legal malpractice often occurs in the context of litigation or transactional work—with one of the most common examples being a lawyer failing to file a personal injury claim before the statute of limitations expires. Since the client would be prohibited from seeking damages after the statute of limitations elapses, they wouldn't have a hard time proving that their attorney's grossly negligent actions have caused them to suffer tangible financial losses. Other instances of legal malpractice may include an attorney failing to properly advise their client, acting upon their client's behalf without authorization, failing to do the work that is required of them or misusing their client's money.
If you or someone you love has been mistreated by a legal professional, and you are now suffering the consequences, you should not hesitate to find out how the Montgomery personal injury lawyers at Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC can help. We pride ourselves on providing nothing less than the honest and trustworthy legal representation that our clients deserve, so you can trust that we will fight diligently on your behalf. All you have to do is give us a call today at (888) 694-0174 to take advantage of a free initial consultation with our firm. You can also submit a free case evaluation form directly from our website if you would prefer to reach us online.
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