How Do I Know If I Have A Legal Malpractice Claim In Louisiana?
Legal malpractice takes place when you hire an attorney and then he or she fails to provide you with competent legal representation. This failure could be a negligent mistake or could even be an act of malicious intent. Legal malpractice claims require more than just accusations. In order to have a valid legal malpractice case, you and your Iberville Parish, LA malpractice attorney must prove four factors:
- The attorney committed to the duty of providing you with his or her competent legal representation. The fact that you had a consultation, whether free of charge or not, with a lawyer alone is not enough. A signed contract or a receipt for a retainer fee is usually needed to prove that the lawyer owed you a duty of care.
- He or she breached that duty of care. Attorneys are required to exercise the same level of care that any other competent attorney in the local area would provide in a similar situation. If a reasonable local attorney would not use the same strategy this one did, there may have been a breach of duty.
- The breach of duty caused damage to you. Your attorney just making a mistake in your case does not automatically mean he or she was negligent. Was there real damage done to you as a result? To be compensated for legal malpractice damages, you must prove that if your attorney had met his or her duty of care, you would have avoided damages by prevailing in your case. If your attorney did breach his duty of care but you would have lost your case anyway, you will not be awarded anything.
- You suffered a measurable financial loss as a result of your attorney’s negligence. It is necessary to show the damages you suffered in order to be compensated for them. You may separately choose to report your attorney’s actions to the State Bar. This could result in sanctions or even in his or her disbarment.
Iberville Parish legal malpractice attorney, Tommy Pittenger, at Pittenger Law Firm, has been combating legal malpractice for over twenty years. He has a long and proven track record of winning generous verdicts for his clients. Not only is Legal Malpractice Attorney Pettinger committed to helping those who have suffered locally due to legal malpractice in the Iberville Parish area, he is also admirably dedicated to giving back to the local community. Pittenger Law Firm donates 10% of its net profits locally every single year.
If you believe that you’ve been wronged by an attorney and that you would have prevailed in a civil or a criminal case, if it had not been for your lawyer’s failed legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact a legal malpractice attorney like Tommy Pittenger. You deserve to be compensated for the damage you have suffered. Call Pittenger Law Firm today to speak to a seasoned Iberville Parish legal malpractice attorney.
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