Professional Malpractice Attorneys Chicago
Negligence Resulting in Harm
When any professional does not meet the standard of competence for their chosen profession—either by displaying poor judgment in regard to a specific act or engaging in a negligent pattern of conduct—it may cause irreparable harm or injury to their client. When such injury occurs, it is referred to as professional malpractice.
Most malpractice incidents involve doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, or psychiatrists. Nevertheless, professional malpractice is not limited to the medical field. Other professionals including accountants, attorneys, architects, and pharmacists are all held to a higher standard in their professional capacity and may be accountable for careless or negligent actions.
The extensive training and certification attained by all types of professionals encourages their clients to trust them with important decisions. When this trust is broken, and you suffer physical or mental injury, you have a right to seek compensation.
The standard of care for any professional is what would be considered reasonably prudent behavior in their particular line of work. Anything less is an example of carelessness and/or negligence, especially when it results in harm to their client(s). For example, if you select a dentist to perform a root canal that turns out to be less than satisfactory, he or she may be found negligent for failing to act as a reasonably prudent dentist would.
Common Areas of Professional Malpractice
Malpractice suits may be filed against any professional, however, allegations of wrongdoing are most often linked to:
- Medical malpractice—Including failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, failure to treat, carelessness in treatment
- Legal malpractice—Failure to represent a client as set forth in the code of ethics, failure to file documents in a timely manner, misuse of funds, carelessness in the preparation or review of documents, failure to appear on behalf of the client
- Accounting malpractice—Carelessness or negligence in the review or preparation of accounts, statements, or financial documents
- Pharmaceutical malpractice—Prescription errors, including incorrect medication or wrong dosage
- Architectural/engineering malpractice—Failure to properly consider loads or load-bearing capacities, design errors
- Broker malpractice—Including self-dealing or failure to disclose risk
- Mortuary negligence—Wrongful burial or cremation
We Can Help
If you have suffered physical or mental injury or loss due to the negligence of any professional, you have a right to seek compensation for pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other costly consequences. Call on our dedicated legal team at Shea Law Group today at (888)-979-9320—and remember, you never have to worry about payment unless we collect a settlement for you.