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How can legal malpractice ruin a personal injury case?

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2024 | Blog, Legal Malpractice

When you are dealing with a personal injury, having a lawyer should make things easier. However, sometimes lawyers do not do their job correctly, which can hurt your chances of getting what you deserve.

Here are some serious problems that can occur when legal malpractice happens in personal injury cases.

Lack of diligence in case investigation

One way malpractice occurs is when lawyers do not check all the facts. To build a strong case, they need to look at everything carefully. Some lawyers might not do a good job of gathering important evidence, talking to key witnesses or figuring out how bad your injuries really are. When they miss these things, it weakens your case and makes it harder for you to win.

Missed deadlines and statute of limitations

In legal cases, time is important. There are specific deadlines that lawyers have to follow, such as filing lawsuits within a certain time limit. If your lawyer does not keep track of these deadlines, it could be harmful to your case. Missing deadlines might mean your case gets thrown out, and you cannot get any money for your injuries.

Poor communication with clients

Communication is key in any relationship, even with your lawyer. Some lawyers do not talk to their clients enough, which causes problems. You have the right to know what is happening with your case, what issues might come up and what choices you have.

When a lawyer neglects to keep you in the loop, it not only damages trust but also leaves you ill-prepared for potential setbacks, hurting the overall success of the personal injury claim. This lack of communication can harm your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

Failure to negotiate fair settlements

Negotiating a fair settlement is a delicate art that requires skill and expertise. Legal malpractice can happen when lawyers fail to effectively negotiate on behalf of their clients. This can leave you struggling to pay medical bills and deal with the aftermath of your injury.

5.9% of American adults struggled with an injury that left them limited in some way in the last 3 months from 2020 to 2021. For those seeking justice and fair compensation, it is important to be aware while selecting legal professionals who prioritize good negotiation. The path to a successful personal injury case requires commitment and a lack of malpractice.