We’ve all messed up at work before, but unfortunately there are some professions where there is no room for mistakes. If you hired a lawyer who didn’t do the job as well as you think they should have, you may have a case for legal malpractice. Here is some information on the most common mistakes made by lawyers.
What Kinds of Mistakes Do Lawyers Make?
If a situation is serious enough for you to hire a lawyer, then there is too much at stake for errors to be made. A lawyer may not be incompetent; mistakes may be made because of simple oversight, the pressures of the job, or personal issues. Even an experienced attorney can make a mistake. The most common errors made by lawyers are:
- Missing deadlines. Filing paperwork and scheduling interviews related to your case have to be done in a timely manner, because there are very often deadlines that have to be met or your case may be thrown out entirely.
- Not understanding the client’s case. Lawyers are trained to know the law – but they also have to know what the client’s issues and goals are and how to address them. They should be able to point out benefits and drawbacks to the case that the client would never think of on their own.
- Inadequate investigation. A good lawyer should investigate what happened to prompt the lawsuit and not just trust the client to provide all the information needed. He or she should be committed enough to verify the facts, which can help to avoid problems for both the client and the lawyer later.
Unfortunately, just because your case didn’t turn out as you wanted it to, it doesn’t mean you have a legal malpractice case. There are certain requirements to determine if you have been the victim of legal malpractice, and then you have to be able to prove your case. It can be difficult to do, and that’s why you need a lawyer who has experience with legal malpractice cases to help you. Contact attorney Laurie Robbins in Atlanta for a free consultation to see if you might have a legal malpractice case. Call 404-252-8117 today.