All professionals – including certified lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants, and architects – have a duty to serve their clients well and in an ethical manner. When professionals don’t adhere to this duty, they should be held responsible for the losses inflicted upon their patients or clients. At Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, our New Jersey professional malpractice attorneys represent and counsel those who have been harmed by professional malpractice.
Professionals are categorized as individuals who hold themselves as having specialized knowledge in a particular field. When a professional breaches their duty of care and their actions result in harm to a patient or client, the professional has committed malpractice. As such, they can be held liable to pay damages for whatever harm they caused.
A successful malpractice case includes the professional failing to meet the expected standard of care for their professions, making detrimental errors because of their negligence, or participating in deliberate behavior that harms clients or patients. Professional malpractice is incompetent, negligent, or wrongful conduct that causes injury or harm.
Professional malpractice can arise in numerous professional fields and can include:
Whenever a licensed professional or expert is involved, the potential for professional negligence exists.
This common type of professional malpractice causes severe harm and can possibly result in death. In fact, medical negligence is the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing an average of 200,000 people each year. When patients go to the hospital or to see their doctor, they do so to try to stabilize or improve their health. Yet, when the doctors or other medical professionals fail to use the expected standard of care and cause severe harm to the patient, they can be found liable for medical malpractice. Examples of specific types of medical malpractice include:
In some instances, a hospital can be held liable for malpractice either vicariously or directly. A hospital has vicarious liability for the negligence of the healthcare professionals it employs. Direct malpractice occurs when the hospital itself has committed malpractice. Direct hospital malpractice examples include the:
Likewise, attorneys are expected to follow strict ethical standards in their profession. Client-attorney relationships must be built on trust. Suppose an attorney breaches ethical standards or doesn’t represent a client competently. In that case, they may be liable for damages they caused to their client. Legal malpractice damages not just their client’s trust in the law but also society’s trust and the reputations of all attorneys. Attorney malpractice can include:
To prove legal malpractice, their former client must show that the attorney failed to work in a way that upheld the standards for attorneys in their practice area or that they violated the ethical standards and duties owed to a client. The former client must also prove that they were harmed or that the outcome of their case would have been different if it weren’t for the attorney’s malpractice.
Professional negligence claims have inherent and unique challenges. It’s common for emotions to run high as your trust has been violated. During this challenging time, representation from New York or New Jersey professional malpractice attorneys skilled in analysis, communication, and presentation is essential. We have the resources and knowledge to identify and retain experts who have the professional reputation and integrity to critique another member of their profession.
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