How does legal malpractice affect victims?

Legal malpractice can be caused by many kinds of legal mistakes, such as failing to file paperwork on time or forgetting to return a client's calls and missing deadlines with their case. An attorney who makes errors could end up costing a client their opportunity in court, which is a major problem for both parties.

When a person's attorney messes up, there are a few things that could happen. The mistake may:

  • Limit the person's ability to make a future claim for a personal injury or other purpose
  • Cost the client money, since they technically still owe the law firm money for the work it did
  • May cost the victim money in retainer fees that were already paid
  • Cost the victim money when they have to retain a new attorney to file a claim

Psychologically, legal malpractice can make the victim feel that they can trust attorneys any longer. This can make it hard for them to seek additional help, especially if they feel that all attorneys would treat them the same way.

What should victims of legal malpractice know?

Victims of legal malpractice should know that what they went through was not fair or right. There are many great attorneys available to help with filing a legal malpractice lawsuit. This could help victims recover their losses and fight for the compensation that they deserve as a result of their mistreatment.

Our website has more information on legal malpractice and the reasons why it's so harmful to victims. If you have lost your right to file a case because of your attorney's negligence, you may be interested in learning more.

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