A West Virginia Legal Malpractice Defense Lawyer Fighting to Protect Your Future
For lawyers, malpractice claims are part of the risk of doing the job of representing people, businesses, and other entities in West Virginia and across the country. However, if not addressed head-on, these claims can do significant damage to your practice and even threaten your career. At Crim Law, a West Virginia legal malpractice defense lawyer has fought for attorneys accused of malpractice for decades. We are seasoned litigators with a strong reputation in courts throughout the state and an extensive track record of getting optimal results for the people we represent.
Common Legal Malpractice Claims in West Virginia
Legal malpractice generally occurs when an attorney fails to provide services meeting the standard of professional competence, and a person or entity is harmed as a result.
These claims can come in many shapes and forms. They are typically brought by a client who is not happy with the result of a matter handled by the lawyer accused of malpractice, whether it was a business transaction, a personal injury trial, or a wide range of other situations. In addition to suing for malpractice, a client may also pursue claims for breach of contract and alleging the attorney violated a fiduciary duty by providing substandard services.
In some situations, a third party who has never been a client of the attorney can also sue for malpractice. For example, that may be where a person can show they were an intended beneficiary of the lawyer’s services. In other cases, a third party may accuse an attorney of aiding or abetting fraud, the breach of fiduciary duty, or another legal violation by the lawyer’s client.
Defenses in West Virginia Attorney Malpractice Cases
The good news is that there are several defenses available for attorneys facing malpractice claims. A lawyer at our firm can help you explore those defenses and start fighting your case right away.
Many malpractice cases turn on whether the person or entity claiming malpractice can show harm. In other words, they have to be able to prove that their injury would not have happened but for the alleged negligence of the attorney. This is often referred to as the “case within the case.”
Take, for example, a person who sued for personal injury and lost when the jury returned a verdict at trial. If the person then sues their attorney for malpractice, they have to prove the case would have been a winner if not for specific actions by the attorney that amounted to malpractice.
How A West Virginia Legal Malpractice Defense Attorney Can Help
If you are currently locked in a dispute with a client or have been accused of malpractice, a West Virginia legal malpractice defense lawyer can help. We understand the devastating impact these allegations can have on lawyers and their careers. That is why we fight these cases head-on, working aggressively to ensure that our client’s rights are defended. Our office is conveniently located in Clarksburg, and we are pleased to serve clients throughout the region. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.