If malpractice allegedly occurs during a lawsuit, it can have a significant effect on its outcome. Not only that, but if the client believes the attorney is at fault for the outcome of his or her case, the attorney and their practice may suffer serious repercussions that threaten their reputation, finances, and ability to continue providing legal services. However, if the lawyer has attorney malpractice insurance, an unfortunate situation like this can be avoided.
With attorney malpractice insurance, the insurance company defends the attorney against the claims that they handled a case improperly. The policy also pays for any damages owed to the client if the attorney is found guilty of committing malpractice.
There are many ways malpractice can be carried out in the legal field. For example, an attorney can be held guilty of malpractice if a case is dismissed not because of the legitimacy of the case, but because of negligence. Malpractice can also occur when an attorney fails to adequately pursue a case or when they fail to gather enough evidence to back up their claims.
Attorneys who are practicing law without malpractice insurance should consider obtaining a policy as soon as possible to protect their reputation. If you are in this same situation, speak with an insurance professional in your area.