What Is Legal Malpractice?
Most people relate the term “malpractice” to medical malpractice. However, malpractice isn’t limited to physicians. If you’ve had a personal injury attorney who provided you with inadequate representation or acted against your interests and those actions prejudiced your rights or caused you financial harm, you may be entitled to compensation.
Legal malpractice is a breach by an attorney in the standard of care or conduct applicable to all attorneys and can occur in any area of law. Malpractice claims are highly specialized, requiring an attorney who understands the original underlying case as well as the laws of legal malpractice. These cases can be extremely complicated and are often, as you may expect, aggressively litigated.
How Does Legal Malpractice Occur?
While an attorney’s poor legal strategy may not be a cause of action, there are numerous ways in which legal malpractice can occur.
Some examples include:
- Missing filing deadlines
- Failing to bring a claim within the statute of limitations
- Mishandling funds, overbilling, improper interest charges or theft
- Disclosing your confidential information to outside sources
- Accepting a settlement offer without your authority
These represent just a few of the many ways that a personal injury lawyer can commit malpractice. As with all cases, there are time limitations on when you must file a legal malpractice lawsuit. Since important information can disappear and memories fade, anyone who suspects that they have been the victim of legal malpractice should take immediate action.
Dismuke Law proudly handles legal malpractice claims involving personal injury representation, particularly in the areas of trucking accident litigation, car accident litigation, premises liability litigation, and wrongful death litigation. We have offices in Lakeland, Sebring, and Tampa and serve clients across Central Florida.