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Legal Malpractice: For Those Wronged By Other Attorneys

Lawyers in Middle Tennessee must serve their clients with a reasonable level of skill and care. While passing the bar exam as a test of general competency is a good starting point, a lawyer must continue to obtain knowledge about the law as well as perform ethically in their day-to-day activities. If you’ve had a lawyer who failed to adhere to these standards, it may have affected your finances or legal rights. Fortunately, you have the right to pursue your lawyer for compensation under an attorney malpractice lawsuit. A malpractice lawyer at the Miller Injury Firm can help you in this process. Our experienced lawyers assist by explaining the concept of attorney malpractice, evaluating the other lawyer’s actions, and demanding fair compensation in and outside of court.

What Is The Legal Standard Of Care In Middle Tennessee?

Every legal practitioner throughout the state of Tennessee must protect their clients. In a general sense, this means that your lawyer must always act in your best interests and zealously protect your legal rights. While your lawyer’s duties are straightforward, the legal concept of malpractice is more nuanced. According to a Tennessee Supreme Court case in 2006 called Chapman v. Bearfield, a lawyer commits malpractice when they fail to exercise ordinary skill, care, and diligence in serving their clients. What was important about this landmark case is that it established a statewide standard for lawyer malpractice. Determining whether a lawyer committed malpractice requires an examination of the totality of the case and whether their actions conformed with the acceptable standard across the state. In many situations, this can require the help of an expert witness who can testify as to how another lawyer failed in this duty. Our Tennessee malpractice lawyers work to explain this concept to you in more detail and investigate the conduct of your former lawyer.

Common Instances Of Lawyer Malpractice In Tennessee

It is important to note that a dissatisfactory resolution, or even a lost motion or lost case, does not necessarily mean your lawyer engaged in misconduct. There are specific standards that must not have been met for a lawyer’s malpractice claim to succeed. To prevail in a lawyer malpractice case, you and our local lawyers need to prove that:

  • An attorney-client relationship existed
  • Your lawyer violated the duty described above
  • This violation caused your losses
  • Had your lawyer not committed this violation, your losses would not have occurred

A variety of actions or inactions by a legal professional may lead to a malpractice claim. They can include, but are not limited to:

  • Failing to appear in court
  • Missing a deadline
  • Improper or missing communication
  • Misuse of money
  • An improper withdrawal from a case

If your legal representative committed any of these actions, do not hesitate to contact our firm for guidance.

Contact Our Miller Injury Firm Malpractice Lawyers Today

Misconduct by a lawyer could result in you paying thousands of dollars, losing property rights, forfeiting custody over children, or even spending time in prison. If your legal representative failed to adhere to the required standard, our team at the Miller Injury Firm is prepared to step in and help. Our firm’s malpractice lawyers can explain the concept of lawyer malpractice, perform an investigation into your situation, and represent your interests in and outside of court. Call us today  at 615-922-5693 or contact us online.