Dementia a growing problem among attorneys

When you hire an attorney to represent you in California, chances are, you do so with the utmost confidence that the person you are investing in will perform to your expectations and advocate on your behalf. Regrettably, however, this is not always the case, and dementia is becoming an increasingly widespread issue affecting today’s lawyers. At the Lange Law Corporation, we understand that dementia can affect an attorney’s ability to do his or her job, and we have helped many people who were unhappy with their legal representation due to this and similar issues pursue appropriate recourse.

According to Yahoo Finance, some lawyers who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions that can impact memory and brain activity are hesitant to share their condition with others. This may be due, at least in part, to the fact that, unlike, say alcoholism and other issues that plague some attorneys, there is little hope for improvement among those suffering from dementia and related conditions.

This is highly problematic for those who hire attorneys who have such conditions, however, as they can have a substantial impact on a lawyer’s ability to provide adequate representation. As lawyers continue to age, however, the issue will likely continue to be a problem, and even when others working within the same firm see signs of dementia in attorneys, they are often hesitant to call attention to it.

Why? In some cases, colleagues hesitate to shine a spotlight on an attorney’s memory loss issues because they fear doing so will harm the entire firm’s profitability. Other times, they fail to do so because they have a certain level of respect for the attorney suffering from memory loss, and they want to allow him or her to leave the firm gracefully and under his or her own terms. You can learn more about professional malpractice by exploring our webpage.