Helping Victims Of Legal Malpractice And Attorney Misconduct
When you hire an attorney to represent you during important legal proceedings, you trust your lawyer to handle your case with a high degree of attention and care. Unfortunately, attorneys can make mistakes that have serious consequences for their clients.
In Maryland and surrounding areas, legal malpractice is becoming all too common, which is why we at Engel Law Group, P.C. are committed to upholding the utmost standard of care when practicing law. It is also why we dedicate a portion of our practice to helping those who have been victims of professional malpractice. Since the 1950s, we have been standing strong for victims of injustice. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
What Exactly Is Legal Malpractice?
Legal malpractice occurs when a lawyer fails to uphold professional standards of diligence, competence or ethics, and you are harmed as a result. Examples of legal malpractice include:
- Missing a critical deadline such as a filing deadline or statute of limitations
- Accepting a settlement on your behalf without your permission
- Failing to conduct adequate legal research
- Failing to gather and prepare sufficient evidence
- Making a critical legal error
- Mishandling client funds
- Failing to disclose or recuse themselves due to conflicts of interest
Malpractice cases involving strategic decisions can be harder to prove since lawyers are allowed to exercise their professional judgment.
How To Prove Your Case
Legal malpractice cases are highly complicated. Proving your case requires establishing that:
- You and the lawyer had an attorney-client relationship
- The lawyer failed to uphold a professional standard of care
- You suffered losses as a result
Proving losses can be complicated. For example, if you missed out on an opportunity to pursue a personal injury claim because your lawyer missed the filing deadline (statute of limitations), you will have to prove that you likely would have won the personal injury case, and you’ll have to prove what amount of damages you likely could have recovered. This often amounts to proving a “case within a case.”
Our lawyers understand how to undertake these challenging requirements. We have the experience, tools and resources to build a strong case for you.