When we think of professional malpractice in the legal sense, most tend to think of medical malpractice. While medical malpractice is one of the most common types of professional malpractice, other professionals from accountants and architects to dentists and therapists are all held to a higher standard of care. When that standard isn't met, they can be liable for failing to meet those standards of care. Filing suit against any one of these workers is what we consider a professional malpractice suit, and it can help compensate victims for any damages they may have incurred from the negligent actions of the professional. Over the last four decades, I've helped countless clients seek the justice they deserve after working with a professional who did meet the expected standard of care for their profession. These professional malpractice claims are typically based on a legal theory of negligence, which means that a jury will have to decide whether or not the professional used the appropriate level of care when performing their duties. If they did not and someone suffered losses as a result, they can be held liable for malpractice.
How does a jury decide if someone has engaged in professional malpractice?
Deciding whether or not someone used the appropriate level of care when performing their duties can be subjective. Generally speaking, the standard of care expected of a professional is a level of care that a reasonably prudent professional in that given line of work would exercise. A jury will typically examine the specific type of work that the professional performed and try to determine whether they were reasonably prudent when performing those duties. This is why it can be critical that anyone filing a professional malpractice claim have an experienced malpractice attorney working on their side to help prove their case.
What are some of the most common types of professional malpractice?
Generally speaking, malpractice claims can be filed against virtually any professional, but the most common claims that I've witnessed over the years include:
- Pharmaceutical Malpractice - When a pharmacist or pharmaceutical professional incorrectly diagnoses or prescribes medication.
- Accounting Malpractice - When an accountant or financial professional is negligent or careless when preparing or reviewing financial records or statements.
- Architectural and Engineering Malpractice - When an architect or engineer commits design errors or fails to properly consider certain safety issues like load-bearing capacity.
- Legal Malpractice - When an attorney or legal professional fails to file documents in a timely manner, appear on their client's behalf in court, or otherwise carelessly represents their client.
These are just a few examples that constitute professional malpractice and can serve as a reason for someone to file suit. If you or someone you know has been the victim of professional malpractice, don't wait. Call Peter G. DeGelleke Attorney at Law and find out how you can seek justice for your losses.
Professional Malpractice Attorney Serving Bedford, Massachusetts
When you hire someone like a doctor or accountant, you always expect that they will do their job competently and professionally. The sad truth is that sometimes they don’t, and when that happens, you need an experienced attorney that can help you seek the justice you deserve. If you’ve been the victim of professional malpractice, call Peter G. DeGelleke Attorney at Law and protect your rights.