All professionals are required by law to make sure their work meets certain standards. If a professional is careless or negligent in the work they perform and that negligence has a damaging impact on your life, you are entitled to seek financial restitution.
Professional liability can take almost as many forms as there are professions. An undertrained stockbroker whose decisions led to a financial disaster for his client may be guilty of professional malpractice. So might an architect whose flawed plans resulted in a faulty structure. Insurance broker malpractice represents yet another type of professional liability when individuals learn they do not have the coverage they purchased.
Although the most common type of professional malpractice normally involves negligence by medical personnel, other professionals, from lawyers to professors, to pharmacists and dentists, are held to a high standard of care, and may be liable for failing to meet the expected degree of care.Liability
When a professional such as an accountant assumes the responsibility of performing a job for you, he or she is obligated to ensure your safety, by protecting you from additional and unnecessary harm from their services. This means that business owners are liable for any harm you might sustain. For professionals and business owners, liability falls into two categories:
- Negligence The accountant is negligent if he or she is carelessness in the preparation or review of financial documents, accounts or statements. A hospital is negligent if members of the staff fail to follow the necessary health and hygiene policies outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure patient safety such as wearing protective clothing, the sterilization of routine equipment, cross-contamination, sanitation guidelines, etc.
- Malpractice Contrary to negligence, a professional as committed malpractice if he or she makes a professional error causing injury to the individual. For example, a lawyer has committed malpractice if he or she fails to file documents in a timely manner, fails to represent a client as set forth in the code of ethics, misuses client funds, fails to appear on behalf of a client, or general carelessness in the preparation or review of documents.
Restitution for the citizens typically comes in the form on damages, or money, which are negotiated by your lawyer. When professionals commit professional malpractice or act negligently, the consequence can be enormous for the individual.
Claims for damages can include:
- Decreases in earning potential,
- Emotional distress,
- Lost wages,
- Medical expenses,
- Physical pain, and
- Punitive damages
At Levin & Perconti, we have successfully handled numerous professional malpractice cases and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $750,000 settlement against an attorney for failing to file a medical malpractice action within the statute of limitations.Call an Experienced Lawyer
If you believe you or a loved one may be the victim of professional malpractice, you should take action as quickly as possible.
Statutes of limitations do exist, and they vary from case to case. Please contact one of our attorneys at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 or via our quick contact form. We will gladly review the details of your situation and consult with you on the best course of action. There is absolutely NO FEE for a consultation and no obligation of any kind.