When you engage a lawyer’s services, you have a right to professional,
competent representation. Unfortunately, some attorneys fail to live up
to the standards of their profession. This is called legal malpractice.
When a lawyer fails in his or her duties to a client, they hurt the very
people who came to them for legal counsel.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys will fight for a settlement you deserve and will be there to help you through this tough time. We handle legal malpractice lawsuits in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino.
Clients who are injured financial, emotionally, or legally by a lawyer’s
misdeeds can sue for legal malpractice and collect damages for their injuries.
However, winning their case in court requires a series of proofs.
Proving a Legal Malpractice Case
When a legal malpractice attorney takes a case, he or she will make an
argument in an attempt to prove four main points:
1. Attorney-Client Relationship
An attorney-client relationship must be proven for a legal malpractice
suit to hold up in court. Without a professional relationship, a legal
malpractice lawyer cannot establish that the attorney had a duty to provide
any services for a client.
2. Negligent Standard of Care
Once a professional relationship has been established, a legal malpractice
attorney must demonstrate the standard of care applied to the services
rendered to the client. With the standard of care established, the next
move is to show how an attorney violated or failed to meet that standard
Establishing a negligent standard of care can be very straight-forward,
such as in a case of an attorney failing to bring a case to trial before
the statute of limitations runs out. Usually, proving a negligent standard
of care is a complex matter requiring skill and a nuanced understanding
of the law as it relates to attorney-client matters.
3. Proximate Cause
Next, a legal malpractice lawyer must establish that the negligent standard
of care given by the attorney is the proximate cause of an injury to the
client. A proximate cause is an act or event which, by itself and with
no intervening causes, is absolutely necessary for the occurrence of another
4. Fact and Extent of Injury
After the attorney’s actions have been shown to be the proximate
cause of injury, a legal malpractice lawyer will next prove the fact and
extent of the injury suffered by the client. These injuries can be financial,
emotional, or legal.
Suffered Legal Malpractice?
If you have been represented by an attorney and believe that you have
been the victim of legal malpractice, contact the Law Offices of Samer
Please call 1-888-848-5084 to discuss your case, or
you can fill out our free personal injury consultation form.
Samer Habbas Legal Malpractice Lawyers: protecting your interests is
our first priority.
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