N.J. Firm Helps Victims of Legal and Professional Malpractice
We stand up when lawyers and other professionals let you down
An attorney who fails to file a claim in a timely manner, an architect whose design results in structural defects, an accountant who has not complied with tax regulations — their negligence can damage you personally or professionally.
As attorneys, we understand our responsibilities to those who have placed their trust in us. As malpractice lawyers in New Jersey, we know that part of that responsibility is standing up for the rights of our clients when they have been damaged by other professionals.
Since 1996, the AV®-rated law offices of Smith & Doran, P.C. in Morristown have provided highly ethical representation to clients in Morris and Bergen counties and throughout the state.
Proving professional malpractice isn’t easy
In a professional malpractice case, you must prove that the licensed professional harmed you by failing to meet the appropriate standard of care. Specifically, you must prove:
- The professional owed you a duty of care. That is, you must prove that you were actually a client of the professional.
- The professional acted negligently. In a professional malpractice case, you prove negligence with evidence that the professional failed to exercise the level of care, skill and diligence that are commonly exercised by members of his or her profession in the community.
- You were harmed financially.
- The professional’s negligence was the direct cause of that harm.
That final element is often difficult to prove. In the case of legal malpractice, for example, you would need to present evidence that, if the lawyer hadn’t been negligent, you would have won your lawsuit, closed your real estate deal, been included in Aunt Gracie’s will, or whatever.
As in medical malpractice matters, building a case against a lawyer, insurance agent, architect or accountant means working closely with expert witnesses. They provide the testimony about the standard of care and how the defendant failed to meet it. Acts of professional malpractice may include:
- Misappropriation of funds
- Failure to communicate offers
- Conflict of interest
- Failure to meet court deadlines
Call us if you’re the victim of professional malpractice in New Jersey
Our malpractice attorneys understand New Jersey law and understand what is at stake for our clients. To learn more about how we can get you compensation for the harm you have suffered, contact us by email or call us at [phone] to schedule a free consultation. Weekend and evening appointments are available.
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