When you hired a Florida lawyer, you did so under the assumption that you would receive fair and adequate representation. However, throughout the course of your case, you started to feel as if something wasn’t right. Witness interviews appeared to be disorganized and your attorneys seemed ill-prepared. Relevant documents that you presented to your lawyer were left out of the trial. While you aren’t a member of the legal community, you believe that your attorney’s behavior cost you your case – and you may be right.
Here are two indicators that you may have been a victim of legal malpractice.
Failure to follow up on opposing counsel’s discovery response
Discovery is a time when each party exchanges and reviews evidence to build their case. Your attorney’s failure to properly investigate the documents produced could have contributed to the downfall of your case. If the answers provided in the discovery documents were investigated, you believe that the outcome of the case would have been different.
Inadequate preparation of witnesses
Witness statements play a vital role in any case. When your attorneys fail to do their homework, valuable input can be overshadowed or omitted entirely. Your own witnesses should meet with your attorney to have an idea of what to expect when they are testifying. Your legal counsel should also research opposing counsel’s witnesses to address any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to conduct effective cross-examinations. If your attorney neglected to take the appropriate steps for witness testimony, you could be a victim of legal malpractice.
Justice cannot be served if your attorney does not provide you with the representation that you are entitled to. If you believe that you have been a victim of legal malpractice, you may want to contact a reputable attorney who can review your case and inform you of your legal options.