Legal Malpractice Lawyers in Virginia, Representing Victims in Failure to File Cases
Legal malpractice is rare, but serious. When attorneys fail to file a complaint by the statute of limitations deadline or miss other important deadlines, Wallace Wason, PLLC can help to evaluate your legal options and determine if you have a valid legal malpractice claim. When appropriate, Wallace B. Wason, Jr. and his team are unafraid to hold other legal professionals accountable for their negligence or errors that lead to financial losses for their clients.
What Qualifies as Legal Malpractice in Virginia?
Though there are many things that could qualify as legal malpractice, the types of attorney negligence cases which can be successfully litigated are few and far between. Our legal malpractice lawyers are skilled and experienced in fighting for results in these types of cases when warranted in order to hold legal professionals accountable for preventable mistakes. We also offer legal malpractice representation in neighboring jurisdictions to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Not every disappointing or unsuccessful outcome is malpractice however, if your legal counsel has missed a filing deadline or failed to file responsive documents and you have suffered financial losses as a result, our specialized intake team is here to take your call.
Contact our firm today to start your legal malpractice case evaluation.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Malpractice?
The statute of limitations is the time limit for filing a complaint and it varies based on the state where the malpractice occurred. In Virginia the statute of limitations will depend on a number of case-specific details, so you need to start your legal malpractice case evaluation as soon as possible in order to be able to determine when you must file to comply with the filing deadlines.
Am I Entitled to Financial Compensation for Legal Malpractice?
Whether you’re entitled to compensation will depend entirely upon the unique facts of your case. In Virginia, the following facts must be proven to establish that legal malpractice occurred:
- Attorney-client relationship: An attorney must have offered their services to you. This can occur with an oral or written contract, but the relationship could also be implied.
- Breach of duty: Attorneys are obligated to provide competent and skillful legal representation. If they fail to file timely documents, they have breached their duty.
- Financial loss: The negligent actions of a lawyer must directly lead to a financial loss, a loss of privilege or a right to file a claim by his or her client for a malpractice claim to be successful.
Negative Legal Outcomes are Not Always Malpractice
Attorneys who utilize a legal strategy that proves ineffective have not necessarily breached their duty as long as they have acted in good faith, that is, they have exercised the normal diligence, care, and skill expected in their profession. However preventable errors that cause financial damages to a client, like filing mistakes or failure to timely respond, can be legal malpractice.
Because filing mistakes by attorneys can lead to legal and financial disasters on top of the original matter handled by the negligent attorney, be sure that you contact a qualified legal malpractice law firm to evaluate your claim as soon as possible. Contact us today at (704) 420-3725 or via our online form for a confidential legal malpractice case evaluation.