Definition of Professional Malpractice
When you hire a doctor or a lawyer, you hope that they will perform their jobs in line with the highest professional standards. However, not every doctor or lawyer always does a reasonably good job, and their patients or clients decide to sue. Those clients then hire a professional malpractice attorney to litigate their claim.
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Practice Area Notes
Professional malpractice attorneys generally fall into two categories: plaintiffs’ attorneys and defense attorneys. Plaintiffs’ attorneys operate very similarly to accident and injury plaintiffs’ attorneys: they may charge an hourly fee or charge a contingency fee, which means they will take a percentage of any money their client recovers in settlement or trial verdict.
Defense attorneys are usually hired by the professional’s malpractice insurance, and are paid out of the professional’s benefit. Much like defense accident and injury attorneys, they can review the case, determine whether the professional is actually liable for the injuries, evaluate the extent of the damage, file important court documents, and advise their clients on whether it is better to settle or go to court.
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