When people hire an attorney to help them with their legal cases, they assume that the attorney will work hard, and use their skills and knowledge to represent their clients’ case to the best of their ability. With a thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and statutes, lawyers should be on task, finding new leads that will help their client succeed in the end. Sadly, this is not always the case, and not all attorneys are diligent in putting their clients’ best interests first. Laziness, when it comes to legal representation, may lead to a wrongful conviction or an otherwise lost case.
Legal malpractice occurs when a client believes he or she may have received a different outcome in their case had the attorney had been on task and qualified. When dealing with a case, a poor attorney may be too lazy or overloaded with work to put the time and effort forth to work on the case. Rather than declining to take on the case due to their inability to properly represent his or her client, the attorney may simply fail to apply the proper principals necessary to receive a favorable outcome. With a lackadaisical approach, the attorney may miss critical deadlines or fail to submit documents necessary to the case. All of these shortcomings could lead to a catastrophic outcome in the case and may constitute legal malpractice.
Clients who feel as though their attorney acted too lazy when negotiating, representing or litigating their case may have grounds for legal malpractice. In some cases, the initial case may be retried using a more competent attorney.