Fighting For Justice And Your Best Interests

Standing Up Against Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney’s negligence or misconduct causes harm to their client. When subpar representation costs you the legal results you deserve, you may be able to hold them accountable for the harm your lawyer caused. A legal malpractice lawsuit ensures that you will receive the compensation and closure you deserve. If you have been wronged by your attorney, let experienced, competent and committed Iowa attorneys seek the justice you deserve.

At Slater Law, LLC, we understand the frustration and harm caused when a lawyer fails to meet professional standards. While legal malpractice is a small part of our practice, our more than 40 years of combined experience as medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys help us handle these complex claims.

Understanding Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice can take various forms, each with the potential to severely impact your case. When there is a conflict of interest between an attorney and their client, it may lead to biased or unfair representation. Breaches of contract can result in a lawyer failing to uphold their obligations in an attorney-client agreement. If a lawyer misses a deadline to file documents or take other legal action, it can jeopardize a client’s entire case.

Additionally, poor communication, where the attorney does not keep the client informed about the progress or status of their case, can cause significant problems. Finally, if an attorney is incompetent in their representation, they may be liable for their substandard service. We can review your case in a manner similar to medical malpractice claims to hold a poor lawyer accountable for their ineptitude.

Elements Of Legal Malpractice

We take the time to review the details of every case we take to prove legal malpractice. As we review these cases, we look for certain elements to establish a credible claim, including:

  1. Attorney-client relationship: You must show that a formal relationship existed between you and the attorney.
  2. Breach of duty: Demonstrating that the attorney breached their duty of care by acting negligently or failing to act appropriately.
  3. Causation: Proving that this breach directly caused harm or damage to your case.
  4. Damages: Showing that you suffered financial or other types of losses as a result.

Just as with medical malpractice, not every unfavorable outcome is due to malpractice. It is crucial to have an experienced lawyer who can identify and prove these elements, ensuring your case is handled with the utmost diligence.

We know that taking on a legal malpractice case can be daunting. With our extensive experience in both medical and legal malpractice, we are prepared to stand by your side and fight for the justice you deserve. Do not let a negligent attorney’s actions derail your future.

Pursue Justice With Our Experienced Legal Malpractice Attorneys

While not every bad outcome in a legal issue constitutes legal malpractice, you can still reach out to us to review your case. Call our West Des Moines office at 866-412-5937 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation today. The sooner you reach out to our attorneys, the sooner we can begin working on your case and providing the support and guidance you need.