Distinguishing client dissatisfaction from legal malpractice

When hiring an attorney to assist you with an injury claim, an incident involving medical malpractice or virtually any other legal situation, you expect them to represent your case with professionalism and achieve the results you desire.

You assume your attorney will update you on the progress of your case, follow the law precisely and use their legal expertise for your advantage. Unfortunately, though, that does not always happen.

What can you do if you are dissatisfied with your attorney?

Dissatisfaction with an attorney may not constitute a legal malpractice claim. Sometimes attorneys make mistakes; as the client, it is your duty to determine whether or not the error classifies as malpractice.

You can terminate your legal representation at any time if you are unhappy with their performance. You will still be responsible for any agreed-upon payment and could potentially face a fee for terminating the contract.

Your lawyer should give you the work they had already completed, and you will be free to find a new attorney if you wish to do so.

What if your attorney wronged you?

On the other hand, if your attorney did not perform their legal duty to you as their client, you may be able to hold them accountable.

Here are situations that may classify as legal malpractice:

  • The attorney does not file the claim within the necessary time-frame; and the result of your case would have been different had your attorney followed the duty of care.
  • You suffered financial loss due to your lawyer’s negligence.
  • There was a breach of contract or fiduciary duty.

If your attorney did not get the results you legally deserve, you might be able to file a lawsuit against the attorney. Be aware that legal malpractice suits are often expensive. There are many aspects to consider before filing a claim.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for a response

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contextual

Contact

Jacksonville Office
1300 Riverplace Boulevard
Suite 401
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Toll Free: 866-542-1996
Phone: 904-396-1996
Fax: 904-396-1991
Map & Directions

Miami Office
1395 Brickell Avenue
Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-200-8674
Phone: 305-200-8675
Fax: 305-200-8801
Map & Directions

West Palm Beach - By Appointment Only
301 Clematis Street
Suite 300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-832-5991
Fax: 561-832-5985
Map & Directions

Panama City Office
305 Cherry Street
Panama City, FL 32401

Phone: 850-481-1386
Fax: 850-640-1247
Map & Directions

Tampa Office
10150 Highland Manor Drive
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33610

Fax: 813-314-2163
Map & Directions