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2 common mishaps that may warrant legal malpractice claims

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2023 | Legal Malpractice

Clients rely on their legal representatives to protect their interests, navigate complex legal landscapes and secure favorable outcomes. However, the legal profession isn’t immune to errors, oversights and negligence.

While all professionals make mistakes from time to time, this doesn’t excuse avoidable mishaps that could compromise the success of a client’s case. As a client, you should recognize the kinds of mishaps that warrant legal malpractice claims so that you can better understand when you may be in a position to take legal action against a legal representative.

Missed deadlines

This is among the most frequent causes of legal malpractice claims. Strict time constraints often govern legal cases, so missing a deadline can have severe repercussions. Whether it’s filing court documents, responding to motions or meeting statutory limitations, attorneys must be vigilant in keeping track of crucial dates.

The consequences of missed deadlines can be dire. Clients may lose their cases, suffer financial losses or face adverse judgments due to an attorney’s failure to act promptly. Therefore, it’s crucial for attorneys to employ meticulous calendaring systems to help ensure that they never miss deadlines.

Inadequate communication

Effective communication is the bedrock of attorney-client relationships. When attorneys fail to maintain open and transparent communication, it can lead to misunderstandings, mistrust and, ultimately, legal malpractice claims. Clients have a right to be informed about the progress of their cases and any significant developments.

Moreover, lawyers must provide clear and accurate advice to clients, explaining legal intricacies in a comprehensible manner. Failing to do so can result in clients making uninformed decisions, which can result in catastrophic consequences for their legal matters.

If you have realized that you settled for subpar legal representation, you shouldn’t throw in the towel. Instead, reach out to a legal professional who understands the importance of diligence and professionalism in the legal field to explore your rights and options. Depending on the nature of your circumstances, you may have grounds upon which to file a legal malpractice claim.