Law Firm Helping Alabama Clients Who Have Been Hurt by Attorney Negligence
Montgomery attorney represents those who have been wronged by a lawyer’s malpractice
You have a right to expect that your legal work will be handled professionally and with care. But attorneys can sometimes hurt instead of help your case. If you’re the victim of legal malpractice, you should seek help from a law firm with experience getting justice for those who have been wronged by other attorneys. Chip Nix, Attorney at Law, represents clients who have been the victim of legal negligence and fraud in Alabama.
Understanding legal negligence under Alabama law
Legal negligence is one type of legal malpractice. Legal negligence applies where an attorney fails to meet the standard of care, skill or diligence that attorneys are required to meet in the same or similar kind of case. However, fraud and withholding information can also be legal malpractice. Other legal malpractice occurs as follows:
- A client usually knows when the lawyer has overcharged. To prevail in a legal malpractice case, the lawyer must have significantly overcharged the client, but this occurs all too frequently.
- Missed deadlines. Otherwise solid cases can be lost when an attorney neglects to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs or when an attorney neglects to file a pleading, a motion, a petition or other document when it is due. This failure can lead to you surrendering your right to make or defend a claim.
- Failure to appear. A lawsuit can be dismissed by the Judge if your lawyer neglects to appear at a hearing.
- Insufficient investigation. If your attorney fails to thoroughly investigate your case or to diligently handle your case, significant harm can occur and you may have a remedy in legal malpractice.
- Lack of informed consent. Your attorney is obligated to explain the law, the facts, and the consequences regarding important decisions in your case. If that is not done and you suffer adverse consequences as a result, you may have a legal malpractice case.
- There are many other types of legal malpractice cases.
To succeed in a legal negligence claim against your former attorney, you must be able to prove that his actions or omissions caused you to lose your case or suffer legal consequences. This means that you must be able to show that your case would have had a better outcome if not for your attorney’s negligence. Chip Nix is an experienced legal malpractice attorney with the knowledge and resolve to handle these complex cases.
Damages available in Alabama legal negligence cases
Why go through the hassle of working with a new attorney to bring a claim against your previous lawyer? Under Alabama law, you are entitled to seek damages to compensate you for the losses you suffered due to legal malpractice. Those damages are whatever financial or monetary loss you’ve suffered, plus, in certain kinds of cases, damages for emotional distress, mental anguish, and punitive damages caused directly by the legal malpractice. If you suspect that your former attorney was negligent in handling your case or committed legal malpractice in some other way, it’s important for you to act in a timely manner: the statute of limitations in a legal malpractice case is two years
Experienced counsel for those harmed by legal malpractice in Alabama
If inaction, negligence, fraud or suppression by your former lawyer have caused loss or injury to you, you may have a malpractice case under the law. At the firm of Chip Nix, Attorney at Law, we represent those who have been wronged by other law firms. Call us now at 334-279-7770 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.