When you hire a Maryland lawyer to represent you, you expect that he or she will be competent and have your best interests in mind. Unfortunately, not all attorneys live up to their responsibilities. If the evidence supports it, a legal malpractice claim could be filed in order to seek restitution for the damages caused by the attorney.
Mistakes are possible in every area of law. In a bankruptcy, your attorney could fail to include debts that could have otherwise been discharged. In a medical malpractice, personal injury or wrongful death claim, an attorney might put the case aside for too long, and the statute of limitations could expire. Failing to file an appeal could also be considered legal malpractice.
Errors involving the preparation or litigation of your case are not the only issues that can arise, however. Attorneys are required to adhere to a certain code of ethics. For example, an attorney could fail to inform you that he or she has a conflict of interest that could adversely affect your case. Some attorneys misuse clients’ funds or even violate the attorney-client privilege by disclosing information that was supposed to be confidential.
Any of these situations could constitute legal malpractice. You would more than likely benefit from speaking with an attorney who handles these types of claims. If a thorough investigation of the circumstances reveals that a Maryland attorney failed to meet his or her professional obligations to you, the filing of a lawsuit might be appropriate. If it is established through appropriate evidence that a different outcome to your case might have occurred if not for the mistakes made, and you suffered a tangible economic loss, you could be awarded damages.