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When To File Legal Malpractice?

Choosing to take legal action is taking the final step on your long journey of discomfort. It is you finally taking the wheel and saying something isn’t right and legal action is needed because you are done with the situation. For example, maybe you were injured in a car accident. The accident was not your fault and you thought you were fine until your back started to hurt about a week so after the accident. Then you realized that you can’t function normally unless you go see a chiropractor. The chiropractor requires that you visit them several times a week for several weeks. You have a full-time job and a family. In order for you to take care of your back, you have to take time off work which means money out of your pocket. So what do you do? You find a local attorney to help you file a car accident suit.

When you arrive at the attorney’s office you feel welcomed. You have a long chat with the attorney and he agrees that moving forward with a car accident suit is a good idea. He asks you to pay some money up front in order to get the investigation started. You gladly provide all your documentation including some money up front. Then you never hear from them again.

Our San Diego Legal Malpractice Attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward J Babbitt, APC have heard this story over and over again. Legal malpractice is not just a client who is dissatisfied with the work of their attorney. Legal malpractice is not a disgruntled client who believes that they could have gotten more money from the lawsuit had they gone somewhere else. Legal malpractice is a very real issue in our legal community. Not every attorney is out to help their clients. Not every attorney believes in following the rules. Here are a few signs to help you figure out when you should look into filing a legal malpractice claim:

  1. Never calls you back: This doesn’t mean you call and they eventually call a week or so later. We are talking considerate time passes like months.

  2. Misses deadlines: The law is 80% paperwork and 20% arguments. Missing a deadline could mean missing an opportunity to submit a claim.

  3. Your attorney agreed to settlements without your consent. You hired an attorney for a reason because you don’t know the law. However, that doesn’t give your attorney the right to make decisions without first consulting you.

  4. Your attorney had a conflict of interest.

No one likes to feel used or abandoned. You were seeking an attorney for reasons very important to you. You deserve to have someone who believes in you and is willing to put in the work for you. If you believe your attorney did not use correct duty of care, breached their contract, and caused you damages beyond financial harm, then we are here for you. Call 619-543-1789 or click here to schedule an appointment with our professional attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward J Babbitt, APC in San Diego today.