Legal Malpractice Can Be As Devastating as Medical Malpractice

June 27, 2011

Legal Malpractice

Many people are familiar with the concept of medical malpractice whereby a doctor makes an error in a person’s health care. These types of medical mishaps can have a dramatic effect on a person’s life and future.

Similar to a doctor, an attorney can make an error in your legal representation that significantly impacts your life. Legal Malpractice is a term that means that a lawyer has damaged a client through an action or lack of action. If an attorney has mishandled your case, you may be entitled to monetary damages from that lawyer. In fact, attorneys in Ohio are required to carry malpractice insurance to cover such situations just like physicians must carry medical malpractice insurance.

Most attorneys, of course, are competent and professional. But many headlines tell a different story.

It is an unfortunate fact that there are times that your lawyer engages in wrongful conduct. It is also an unfortunate fact that many attorneys will not hold other attorneys accountable for their wrongful actions.

Not with our firm.

At Slater and Zurz, we stand up for the victim—whether you have been damaged by another driver, a medical professional, or even a legal professional. And we will take a lawyer to court if that lawyer’s misconduct has caused you damage.

Misconduct by lawyers can fall into one of, or all of, three categories—legal malpractice, criminal action, or violation of ethical standards.

Misconduct like stealing from a client, for instance, can fall under all three categories.

Forgetting to file a case within a statute of limitations, or forgetting a court date, is not criminal, but violates ethical standards and may constitute legal malpractice.

If we can prove that your case may have turned out differently, but you were damaged because of the misconduct of your attorney, you may have recourse against that lawyer.

Legal malpractice may come in a large number of forms.

Ask yourself the following questions to see if you have been a victim of legal malpractice:

  • Was my case dismissed because my lawyer failed to diligently pursue the case?
  • Did my lawyer steal money from me or an estate that I was involved with?
  • Was my case dismissed because my lawyer failed to designate expert witnesses or failed to provide adequate expert reports?
  • Did my lawyer force me to settle my case for an inadequate amount due to a conflict of interest?
  • Did I get sued because my lawyer drafted a document or agreement that was improper or ambiguous?
  • Did I lose my case because my lawyer drafted a document or agreement that was improper or ambiguous?
  • Did the lawyer settle my case below the policy limits that were available?
  • Did the lawyer use adequate “discovery”?
  • Did the lawyer “dump” my case just before the statute of limitations ran out?
  • Did my lawyer force me to settle out of court instead of going to trial because of lack of preparation or experience?
  • Did the lawyer prepare sufficiently for my case?
  • Did I get an improper or inadequate settlement in my original suit?

If any of these have happened to you, or to an estate that you are involved with, you may be able to collect damages.

It is very important to know that legal malpractice claims have a one-year statute of limitations. This means that you cannot sue an attorney later than one year after the incident that you are complaining about.

The attorneys at Slater & Zurz LLP will work diligently to find out if you do have a legal malpractice case, and, if you do, we will pursue your lawyer until we get the best possible results for you.

Please contact Slater & Zurz LLP at 1-800-297-9191 for a free consultation with an experienced legal malpractice attorney.

To learn more, we invite you to visit our website at

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