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Can you sue your lawyer?

In short, the answer is yes. It's not common, but a recent case is shedding more light on the topic.


When a class action lawsuit goes wrong: What happens when the clients due their attorneys?

A group of women who filed a massive class action lawsuit against the doctors who prescribed pelvic mesh instruments have been making headlines for months. At first, the headlines concentrated on the fact that this class action lawsuit was being filed by a group of more than 100,000 women, all of whom had been told that they needed a pelvic mesh device in order to treat pelvic prolapse. Ultimately, these mesh devices proved to be faulty, and they resulted in serious chronic issues for the women who had them, such as pain during intercourse or incontinence. The class action lawsuit delivered results, with many women receiving an average of $60,000 in settlements, and with some receiving upwards of $14 million. 

However, according to the New York Times, this same group of women are now suing their attorneys for legal malpractice. They claim that the attorneys extorted them for higher fees, allowing them to reap the benefits of their settlements despite the fact that they needed those funds for long-term medical care. In addition, they claim that many of the attorneys spent more time collecting more women to join the class action lawsuit, and ultimately took on more clients than they could handle. This resulted in many missed filing deadlines, which ended up diminishing the value of their claims and had a direct impact on their settlements.

The law firms that have been accused of malpractice are standing by their practices, claiming that they followed all rules and procedures for filing the class action lawsuit against some of the top medical device manufacturers in the country. 

Situations in which you can sue your lawyer

The fact of the matter is, you can't just turn around and sue your lawyer every time you don't get the results that you think you deserve. Ultimately, the courts will have an impact on what you receive, and your disappointment is not grounds for suing your attorney.

Here's a few situations, however, in which you would be able to file a lawsuit against your lawyer:

  • You have proof that your attorney did not fulfill their responsibilities, and that their neglect impacted your settlement.
  • You have proof that your attorney was neglectful in the way that he or she handled your case.
  • You have proof that there was a breach of duty on the part of your attorney.

How to avoid legal malpractice

Whether you are filing a personal injury claim or you need a criminal defense attorney, hiring the right lawyer is critical. When you partner with our law firm, you won't have to worry about legal malpractice. We are a professional team of experienced attorneys who know how to get you the results that you both need and deserve. For more information, contact our law firm today.

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