Experiencing negligence, dishonesty or professional incompetence from a lawyer, insurance broker, or a member of other licensed profession can cause financial loss and distress. During this frustrating time, you need the help of an experienced lawyer who can make up for losses and help you get the compensation you deserve.
What can a legal malpractice attorney help me prove?
In professional liability litigation, the main challenge is to prove that you have suffered a loss due to the negligence or misconduct of a member of the given profession. Most established professionals carry malpractice or other liability insurance, which helps to assure that the losses of injured clients can be recovered.
In lawsuits involving many professions, however, it is not only necessary to prove negligence and resulting losses, you also might need to show how the error or omission on the part of the defendant professional represented a failure to comply with recognized standards of practice or ethical conduct.
Proof of liability and damages can differ a great deal from one profession to another. For example, in a legal malpractice case involving dismissal of a personal injury claim due to your lawyer’s failure to meet a filing deadline, the plaintiff will often need to prove his or her entire personal injury case in the malpractice lawsuit, with the insurance company stepping into the shoes of the defendant.
What types of cases do you work on?
The experience and skill with personal injury litigation that our law firm has developed over the last 40 years can help you salvage a case that your previous lawyer lost through neglect or incompetence. We also pursue claims for professional liability against such defendants as the following:
- Insurance brokers, agents or public claims adjusters
- Securities brokers or traders, usually in arbitration proceedings
- Medical professionals and health care providers of all kinds
- Pension administrators
- Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and licensed private security guards
- Nursing home administrators
- Clergy, marriage counselors, psychologists, and other counselors
- Breach of fiduciary duty claims against trustees, guardians, conservators, or others entrusted with the assets or personal welfare of another
- To help ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve, it’s important immediately contact a lawyer who can begin working on your case.
For a free consultation about your rights in a case of legal malpractice or other professional negligence, contact a lawyer at our office in St. Louis.