When an individual hires a professional to help with a specific problem or situation, he or she expects the professional to act with a high degree of care. Unfortunately, many professionals fail to follow professional standards which can result in harm to clients or patients. When a professional breaches his or her duties and harms a person as a result, the victim can choose to sue for malpractice.
Professionals include anyone who holds themselves out as an expert in a particular field. Professionals who could be responsible for malpractice include doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers, architects, psychologists, accountants, pharmacists, financial planners, morticians, clergy, real estate agents, and others. Naturally, these people are not perfect and sometimes mistakes happen. Not every mistake harms a patient or client, or warrants a lawsuit. However, if the malpractice is serious enough to cause harm, and if it wouldn’t have occurred if the professional had been using reasonable care, the professional can be held liable for malpractice.
Some examples of professional malpractice could include a doctor amputating the wrong limb, a financial planner stealing money from his clients, a pharmacist giving a patient the wrong medication, a mortician performing a cremation instead of a burial, a psychologist sexually abusing a vulnerable patient, or a real estate agent failing to disclose a major defect in a home. The malpractice could the result of poor training, a careless mistake, or it could even be intentional.
Professional malpractice cases can often be difficult to prove. Not only must the plaintiff show that the professional committed malpractice, which can often be difficult in highly technical cases, but the plaintiff also must show that he or she was harmed as a result of the malpractice. Unfortunately, in some cases the professional does not have any assets or any malpractice insurance, in which case a lawsuit may be pointless if a financial recovery is sought. A professional malpractice attorney can help guide you on whether or not a lawsuit could help you accomplish your goals.
If you believe you were harmed by a licensed professional, it’s important to contact an attorney with the knowledge and experience to pursue your professional malpractice case. You only have a limited time in which to pursue a professional malpractice case, so contact an attorney as quickly as possible.
Micha Star Liberty at Liberty Law has the knowledge of professional malpractice standards and the experience that make her a terrific asset for clients. She is capable of representing clients who have been harmed by medical or legal malpractice, a breach of fiduciary duty, theft, or other types of malpractice. At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that individuals who hold themselves out as professionals should be held responsible when they commit malpractice.
If you have been injured or harmed by a negligent professional, contact Micha Star Liberty of Liberty Law at 415-896-1000 or 510-645-1000. She works with clients in the San Francisco Bay – Oakland area, including the surrounding cities. Call her today to learn more about how she can help you with your case.