All attorneys are obligated to provide clients with legal representation that meets a minimum standard of care. When an attorney violates this standard of care and a client suffers monetary damages, the attorney may have committed legal malpractice.
Unfortunately, dissatisfaction with the outcome of your case or with the amount you were charged is not enough to prove that your lawyer was negligent. You must prove that he or she violated the duty of care and that the violation caused your financial harm. Proving you are a victim of legal malpractice is difficult but not impossible if you have suffered money damages.
Experienced Assistance For Those Harmed By Lawyer Mistakes
Duff & Kronfeld, P.C. is one of the very few law firms in all of Virginia that has the willingness, the ability and the experience to represent clients who are financially damaged by their lawyers. With more than 20 years of experience assisting clients throughout Northern Virginia, our attorneys will help you determine if you have a legal claim.
Meeting The High Level For Proving Legal Malpractice Claims In Virginia
A person or business who has been damaged by attorney malpractice may only receive compensation for actual monetary losses. You cannot recover for subjective losses such as mental anguish, emotional distress, inconvenience or pain and suffering.
To win a legal malpractice case, evidence must be provided to the court proving that:
- The lawyer or law firm owed a duty to act properly: A written contract or agreement for legal services may be sufficient.
- The attorney breached that duty by acting negligently: This includes not following through with the terms of a written agreement or making mistakes that an average professional in that field would not have made.
- The misconduct caused actual damage or harm: This means that the client would have obtained a different result if the lawyer had not acted negligently.
Some Examples Of Malpractice
Your former attorney may have committed legal malpractice if he or she:
- Did not know or failed to apply the correct laws to your claim
- Forgot to file important paperwork or to appear in court when required
- Failed to properly investigate your case
- Lost your file, documents or evidence
- Had a conflict of interest
Remember, with any claim of legal malpractice, you must show that you suffered actual harm and that your case may have had a different outcome.
Professional And Confidential Assistance
If you are the victim of a negligent lawyer or law firm, you only have three or five years to bring your claim – depending on your fee agreement. Duff & Kronfeld, P.C. has a history of success litigating legal malpractice cases throughout Virginia. If you believe you have a claim against your former attorney, send us an email or call our Fairfax office today at 703-591-7475.