When you hire an attorney, especially for something as serious as a personal injury, you depend on them to represent you in good faith and according to the standards of their profession. The vast majority of attorneys are educated, highly trained, compassionate professionals who offer great services to their clients every day. Unfortunately, like any industry, we aren’t immune from practitioners who fail to live up to the standards of the profession, and these instances may be situations of legal malpractice.
The elements of legal malpractice include:
- A legitimate attorney-client relationship existed
- As such, the attorney owed you the duty of competent representation meeting the standards of the legal profession
- The attorney violated or breached the duty owed to you
- You suffered financial harm or other damages as a result
- Failing to file the claim within the statute of limitations
- Breach of contract
- Preparing a claim improperly
- Financial fraud
- The attorney makes a mistake in your case because of their carelessness
- The attorney intentionally mishandles the case
It’s important to note that receiving an undesirable outcome in your case is not in itself evidence of legal malpractice. Sometimes clients do not get the results they want, but that’s a risk in any case. You must instead show that if your case had been handled properly, you would have received a different outcome. You may have a legal malpractice case if the attorney’s negligence or substandard services directly caused the poor outcome.
Many attorneys will not take legal malpractice claims. They are complex and involve many moving pieces, so to speak. Attorney Laurie Robbins is proud to handle these claims because she believes in the legal system and justice. Victims of personal injury and others seeking recourse through the legal process deserve representation that meets or exceeds the standards of the industry.
Find Out If You Have a Case
Experienced attorney Laurie Robbins is proud to represent individuals in Atlanta who have been harmed by legal malpractice. She will advocate tirelessly on your behalf. To arrange a complimentary consultation to learn more about your options and about legal malpractice, please contact our law firm at 404-252-8117.