What problems may contribute to malpractice claims?

If you ever find yourself in need of legal services or representation in California, you will want to be find an attorney that you trust and that you believe is capable of representing you well. Just like with physicians, however, lawyers can and do make mistakes. In some cases, the actions or errors of an attorney may have negative consequences for clients. When this happens, it is important for people to know they have the right to pursue a claim.

According to Bloomberg, there can be many reasons that a person files a claim alleging legal malpractice. One study looked at data from 2012 to 2015 and found that, for small or medium legal firms, errors were the most prevalent cause of legal malpractice claims. Inappropriate application of the law or not knowing the law sufficiently were two of the biggest factors identified in these claims. For larger legal firms, conflicts of interests or breaches of fiduciary duty were found to be the most common factors called out as contributors in legal malpractice claims. 

The study also found that one in five claims pertained to personal injury cases with real estate matters and family law cases being the second and third most common area of law involved in legal malpractice claims, respectively.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in California an overview of the types of situations that may arise when working with an attorney that can be involved in a malpractice claim.