Miami Legal Malpractice Lawyers
Were You the Victim of Legal Malpractice in South Florida?
Antithetical to stereotypes in entertainment, legal professionals are not above the law. If a settlement was reached without your knowledge or facets of your lawsuit were mishandled by your lawyer, you may have grounds for a legal malpractice case.
Legal malpractice can occur when lawyers misrepresent themselves as more knowledgeable in a practice area than they truly are, act careless with deadlines or underestimate their client’s case when they should have known better based on their education and experience.
If any of the above sounds familiar to you, lawyers at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen may be able to help hold your negligent lawyer accountable for their actions. The firm has won multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients since 1988. Paralegals, medical investigators, and former police officers and detectives constitute the firm’s legal team, supplying their clients with an extensive pool of knowledge likely to spot malpractice your former attorney committed.
For a free, confidential consultation with a Miami legal malpractice attorney,
call Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen today at (866) 629-1061.
Establishing a Legal Malpractice Claim
Legal malpractice does not simply mean that a lawyer lost your case; losing can be frustrating, but it still occurs. Frankly, lawyers are not immune to human error, so mistakes are bound to happen on occasion.
The American Bar Association outlines three elements that help determine whether an attorney’s mistake qualifies as legal malpractice:
- Negligence on the part of the lawyer: Did the attorney’s actions align with the community standard of care? If the mistake your case focuses on is solely recognizable through the lens of hindsight, then you most likely do not have a case. You must prove that an attorney was truly negligent and did not act to the best of their legal ability.
- The negligence had a negative outcome: A mistake can be made and fly under the radar, bringing zero negative consequences to you and your case. The negligence has to have affected a case’s trajectory to be considered legal malpractice.
- The damages were immensely significant: Based on the previous element, if the mistake did have a negative outcome, but that outcome was minute, then you will most likely be hard-pressed to win a case. For instance, say an attorney missed a filing deadline, and the case was extended. If the case would have gained an unfavorable verdict either way, it is doubtful a claim of legal malpractice would be granted.
What Qualifies as Legal Malpractice?
Verifiable, significantly damaging errors that qualify as legal malpractice include:
- Acting without the client’s authorization
- Clerical errors
- Failure to reveal a conflict of interest
- Lack of experience in the applicable legal practice area
- Lack of knowledge of the case’s specifics
- Late filing of documents with or without deadlines
- Libel or slander
- Malicious prosecution
- Missed court deadlines or the statute of limitations
- Planning errors
There are, however, other negligent or harmful actions that could warrant a legal malpractice lawsuit. If the mistake committed by your attorney is not listed but was significant enough to have a tangible effect on your case, it is advisable to consult a legal malpractice attorney immediately.
Filing a Legal Malpractice Claim With Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
Evidence can be hard to uncover in a legal malpractice case given how nuanced the legal industry is. On top of that, legal malpractice cases essentially entangle two cases together— a botched primary case and a secondary case addressing the mishandling of the first. The legal team for the second case will need to be skilled in legal malpractice, as well as the primary case’s practice area.
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen’s legal team is home to attorneys experienced in a wide variety of legal practice areas, including appellate law, birth injuries, medical malpractice, personal injury and premises liability, among others. During their more than three decades of practice, the firm has been honored by prestigious organizations and publications such as: American Inns of Court, Best Lawyers®, Florida Justice Association, Lawdragon 500®, Martindale-Hubbell® and Super Lawyers®.
Contact Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen online today for a consultation with a legal malpractice attorney in Miami. The firm accepts cases throughout South Florida.
Changing Lives by Changing The Law
Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
A Team of Legal Professionals
Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
There Are No Upfront Legal Fees
We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
We Understand the Medicine
Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.