What are my options after experiencing legal malpractice?
Whether faced with the wrongdoing of another, a criminal charge or a serious injury, heading to court is a nerve-wracking experience. Most people in Maryland do not take on this experience alone. Obtaining the guidance of an experienced lawyer is often your best option for achieving the best possible outcome for your unique situation, but what if someone drops the ball? In the face of legal malpractice, you might feel understandably lost.
Your only familiarity with the word “malpractice” might be in relation to negligent health care providers, but many other professions hold their members to similar performance standards. Lawyers are certainly no exception. If your past lawyer behaved unprofessionally, failed to perform his or her duty and left you high and dry, you can potentially hold them responsible. Common instances of legal malpractice include:
- Claiming improper bankruptcy exemptions
- Improperly drafting real estate contracts
- Agreeing to low or unauthorized personal injury settlements
- Missing important filing deadlines
- Misusing clients’ funds
A competent lawyer should serve as your guide through the complicated legal world. While it is understandable that you might not understand the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies or when to file documentation in a personal injury case, that is no excuse for a legal professional. After all, you likely hired the attorney based off his or her advertised expertise and knowledge.
Discovering that the outcome of your legal matter was likely affected by your prior lawyer’s negligence can be devastating. However, you have the ability to take matters into your own hands and seek just compensation. We have helped countless Maryland residents as they pursue recourse for legal malpractice that adversely affected their lives emotionally, financially and even physically.