Legal Malpractice Lawyers in Your Corner
Just like doctors, teachers, and elected officials, we hold our lawyers to high standards. We expect them to abide by their responsibility to represent us fairly, with integrity and professionalism. Unfortunately, sometimes lawyers breach this ethical representation, and this is known as legal malpractice. If you believe that your lawyer has cost you the opportunity to recover a fair settlement, or that they have failed to otherwise meet the responsibilities of skilled and just representation, you may be eligible to pursue litigation.
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What to Know About Legal Malpractice Cases
When you hire an attorney to take on your case, you expect them to perform the job competently and prioritize your best interests. Although some clients may not be satisfied with the outcome of their case, that alone does not mean their lawyer is liable for legal malpractice.
However, some attorneys fail to meet the responsibilities of ethical and competent representation for their clients. When this happens, the case is often lost or its value is considerably diminished. As a result, the client suffers doubly—not only from the initial harm that caused the lawsuit, but also from the loss of compensation that may have helped offset that harm.
In order to prove legal harm from the negligence or misconduct of an attorney, a client must be able to show that the lawyer acted improperly in one of the following ways:
- Missing the statute of limitations or other deadlines, thereby nullifying the case
- Failure to know or properly apply the substantive law in a case
- Drafting errors in contracts, legal instruments or other documents
- Failure to sufficiently investigate facts or conduct discovery
- Failure to inform client of a settlement offer or agreement
- Intentional acts of misconduct in representing a client
How a Legal Malpractice Lawyer Can Help with Your Case
If you believe that your attorney has failed to meet the standard of care in representing you, you deserve justice. However, the law regarding legal malpractice can be incredibly complex. To have a strong chance of winning your case, you’ll need the help of an experienced attorney with a thorough knowledge of the law and a proven track record of success with these types of cases. An experienced law firm will be able to help you fight to recover your losses. An legal malpractice lawyer should be able to help you establish:
- Causation. If the misconduct occurred during litigation, you will need to prove that you would have won your case—or secured a better settlement—had your lawyer not committed malpractice. Proving causation in a legal malpractice case has been described as a “trial within a trial” because you must show both that you would have been successful in your underlying suit and also that your lawyer’s misconduct prevented you from reaching that success.
- Economic damages. This refers to all financial damages that could have been recovered during litigation, including out-of-pocket losses, lost prejudgment and post-judgment interest, and lost court costs.
- Non-economic damages. Not all losses can be reflected by bills alone. Damages for clients who suffered mental anguish as a result of the malpractice are typically not compensable in malpractice claims based on negligence. However, there are rare exceptions. If a client can prove that the defendant intentionally violated the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, they may be entitled to statutory damages in an amount up to two times the award of actual damages.
Featured Verdicts and Settlements
- $12 Million: Failure to Secure Expert Witness and Prosecute in a Timely Manner
- $4 Million: Failure to Secure Expert Witness
- $1 Million: Failure to Sue an At-Fault Corporate Defendant
Locations We Serve
As a nationally recognized law firm, the team at Janet, Janet & Suggs is proud to fight for the rights and protection of legal malpractice victims and their families all over the country. We proudly serve Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Why Hire Janet, Janet & Suggs for Your Legal Malpractice Case?
A quick Google search will give you loads of attorneys who are eager to help with your case, and it can be difficult to know who to choose. At JJS, we know that you have options for legal malpractice lawyers to represent your case—and that’s why we take our responsibility very seriously.
For over four decades, our nationally recognized team has helped legal malpractice victims in their time of need. Our aggressive representation and compassionate support has led to record-breaking verdicts and impressive settlements that have changed the lives of our clients. For help in your legal malpractice case, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and let us seek the justice you deserve.