Facing a legal issue is stressful and, when you hire an attorney, you should be able to trust that the attorney has your best interests in mind. Unfortunately, there are lawyers who will make promises in order to get clients and then will not live up to those promises to protect your interests throughout your case. In other situations, overworked or less-attentive attorneys may make errors that can have an adverse effect on the outcome of your case. In either situation, anyone who has suffered harm due to the negligence of an attorney has the right to hold that attorney liable for their actions.
If your lawyer screwed up your case in some way, you may be wondering about your rights. Please call Dolman Law Group to discuss your rights and options with our skilled Clearwater legal malpractice attorneys today.
Examples of Attorney Negligence
The state of Florida has strict ethical rules that require members of the legal profession to adhere to strict standards when representing clients. If an attorney falls below these standards and causes you harm, they may be deemed negligent and their actions may constitute legal malpractice. Some examples of attorney negligence can include the following:
- Failing to meet the statute of limitations for filing a case;
- Not appearing in court when required;
- Failing to respond to filings or motions;
- Not thoroughly investigating the circumstance of your case;
- Not properly researching the law the would apply to your case;
- Making serious procedural or substantive mistakes at trial or during the litigation process;
- Breaching their fiduciary duty or confidentiality;
- Collecting fees up front and then not performing the work;
- Misusing client funds.
Legal Malpractice can Cost You
All of the above acts of negligence can cause you harm as a client. For example, if a statute of limitations is missed, you will lose your right to seek compensation in your case. Failing to appear in court or respond to motions can result in the dismissal of your case with prejudice, which means you cannot refile the case in the future. Using information in your case for self-serving interests or misspending your funds can result in very concrete financial losses.
Whether your case involved a personal injury, breach of contract, estate planning, corporate law, real estate transactions, or any other legal issue, serious mistakes can unnecessarily cost you a lot of time, energy, and money.
Consult with a Clearwater, Florida Legal Malpractice Lawyer for Help Today
If an attorney has messed up your case and caused you financial harm, the experienced attorneys at Dolman Law Group are here to help. We strive to find resolutions to undo the negligent work of other attorneys and help you recover for all of your losses. We take legal malpractice seriously and will prove that we are lawyers you can trust, even if you have been harmed by malpractice in the past. If another attorney has committed malpractice in your case, please call our Clearwater office at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.