What If You Need To Sue Your Lawyer For Malpractice
At Norris Injury Law Group, we understand how devastating legal malpractice can be. Often, a client has waited several years to receive financial compensation for serious injuries, only to learn that as a result of the attorney’s negligent conduct the recovery in the case is significantly reduced, or even worse, no recovery is made at all.
If you believe your attorney was negligent and committed legal malpractice in your case, it is in your best interest to speak to a lawyer who is experienced in handling legal malpractice cases.
Determining If It Was Legal Malpractice
Legal malpractice cases are often challenging. But if your lawyer provided negligent representation you may have little choice. Sometimes the negligent conduct or malpractice was clear; he or she missed a filing deadline or the expiration of the statute of limitations.
In many cases, however, the conduct of your attorney may be less clear as to whether their actions were ‘malpractice’ and had meaningfully affected the outcome of your case. If you believe your attorney was negligent and that you were harmed, speak to us at Norris Injury Law Group. We can review your facts and help determine if you have a viable case of legal malpractice.
The Complexities Of A Legal Malpractice Case
Legal malpractice cases present two main issues. First, you need to show your lawyer was negligent in their representation. Second, you must show that negligence caused you to lose the case or receive a much lower settlement.
This may require essentially ‘retrying’ your original case as well as litigating the issues of the negligent conduct of your first attorney to obtain a positive result with a legal malpractice case.
Proving Malpractice And Negligence
In order to prove legal malpractice, you must produce evidence establishing the following:
- An attorney-client relationship existed giving rise to a duty.
- The attorney violated or breached the duty, either by an overt act or a failure to act.
- The attorney’s breach (negligence) was a cause of you suffering damages.
- You did sustain an actual injury, loss or damage.
There are several steps to take if you believe you have a legal malpractice case. Our experienced attorneys at Norris Injury Law Group, will assist you with the steps necessary to determine whether your attorney was negligent, including:
- Obtaining your file from your prior attorney
- Gathering all documentation related to your original case
- Reviewing your file to determine whether your prior attorney was negligent
Contact Us Today
If you believe your attorney committed legal malpractice while representing you, call our West Des Moines office at 515-297-7482 or use our online contact form to learn what rights you have to secure the financial compensation to which you are entitled.