Your lawyer is supposed to work on your case to the best of their knowledge in order to enhance the chances of a favourable outcome. However, in some situations they may not show interest and commitment and therefore you can sue them for legal malpractice. Here are examples of situations that amount to legal malpractice.
Missing important deadlines
Cases work on timelines usually defined by the court or law. Missing important deadlines may lead to the assumption that you are no longer interested in the case and therefore a ruling is made to your disadvantage. If the lawyer missed important deadlines and they do not seem intent on rectifying the situation, you may take legal action against them for violating your right to professional and committed representation.
Sometimes, your attorney may put off working on your case or meeting you for a long time. In such a case, they are avoiding working on your case or with you despite agreeing to represent you during proceedings and any negotiation meetings set up. If this goes on for long, your case can be thrown out of court. Remember that delays in a case may lead to low recollection of events by witnesses, loss of uncollected evidence and the loss of urgency to the case. All these may result in negative rulings when the case is heard.
Passing on information to opponent
Sometimes, the lawyers in a case may interact and this does not amount to malpractice. However, if in the course of the interaction your lawyer reveals information that has the ability to change the case to the opponent’s favour or any information revealed under attorney-client privilege, the lawyer can be prosecuted for malpractice.
Authorizing compensation without your knowledge
Sometimes, it is possible for clients to give their attorneys the power to accept deals on their behalf if the deal is good enough. However, if you have not given such power to your attorney, and he or she accepts a settlement for your case without your express permission, this amounts to malpractice. The scenario is made worse if the amount accepted falls short of the initial estimations made for the case.