Florida Legal Malpractice Lawyers
Attorneys help clients with some of the most important and complex matters in their business and personal lives. Whether you seek a lawyer’s assistance to defend or pursue a personal injury lawsuit, structure your business or defend your innocence, the job that you entrust to an attorney can have a profound impact on your future. In some cases, attorneys fall short of their professional and ethical obligations and commit legal malpractice.
Legal Malpractice Claims
The Rules of Professional Conduct require that attorneys:
- Put the best interests of their clients first.
- Perform all services for clients with a reasonable degree of skill and competence.
- Decline to accept cases if they lack the legal knowledge and skills to represent clients successfully, and if they are unable to acquire those skills through reasonable study.
If an attorney fails to adhere to the professional standard of care or provides representation to clients below the skill level which any reasonable attorney would have provided, the attorney may be found liable for legal malpractice.
Claims of legal negligence can be settled outside of court or pursued through civil litigation in federal or state court. These types of cases can be quite complex because it is necessary to establish the professional duty of care the attorney owed to his client and how the attorney fell short of fulfilling these duties.
Legal malpractice claims are not only difficult due to the need to prove that an attorney breached a duty, but also because of the challenges inherent in proving damages. A plaintiff must demonstrate that he or she suffered actual loss as a direct result of the negligent representation of the attorney. Because the outcome of litigation is inherently speculative, it is essential to retain an experienced Florida personal injury attorney to assist in proving damages.
Podhurst Orseck represents clients in a broad spectrum of legal malpractice cases.
Our litigators have received awards from local and national legal organizations and have been named among the Best Lawyers in America in 2013. Since the firm’s founding in 1967, our attorneys have protected the rights of thousands of clients and helped them recover full recompense for losses caused by professional malpractice.