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Do I have a negligent legal malpractice claim?

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2020 | Professional Malpractice

Californian residents trust legal professionals to do their best to help. They rely on these people in the most difficult times of their life. It is often crushing if they betray this trust, whether it is intentional or not. Today we will take a look at the potential signs of a negligent legal malpractice claim.

You need to have four elements present in order to have a legal malpractice claim based on negligence. First, your lawyer must have owed you a duty to represent you in a skillful and competent way. This is often guaranteed by hiring the lawyer in the first place. Always read fine print to ensure that there are no loopholes for this part.

Next, the lawyer must have breached this duty. They do this by making mistakes or acting carelessly. It is important to note that the law does consider mistakes negligence. Even if the person was not behaving in a reckless or careless way, mistakes are often avoidable.

Because of this mistake or action, the breach caused you harm. This is of crucial importance. You will not have a medical malpractice case if you cannot show that you suffered harm because of it.

Finally, this harm must have resulted in some sort of financial loss. This may include money you lost by paying for the attorney’s services. It can also include money you missed out on by losing a case due to a negligent attorney.

Are you interested in looking further into issues of legal malpractice? If so, take a look at our linked web page here. It will direct you to our page on professional malpractice. There, you can read more about how to handle legal malpractice issues. You can also learn more about the requirements for a legal malpractice claim, which can save you time and energy.