Tampa & St. Petersburg Professional Malpractice Attorney
Professional malpractice claims can be brought against practitioners in some professions for negligence in the way they handle client cases or funds. Attorneys, financial advisors, and accountants can all be sued for breach of their professional duty of care. A client who enters into a contract for services from a professional practitioner expects the practitioner to provide services that meet the client’s needs. When the practitioner fails to provide the proper services or acts negligently, the client may file a lawsuit for professional malpractice. Contact our Tampa professional malpractice attorney today.
The experienced malpractice attorneys at Saady & Saxe have handled cases of professional malpractice in the following different areas:
- Legal malpractice;
- Accounting malpractice; and
- Insurance agent malpractice, including claims of bad faith against insurance companies that refuse to pay on insurance claims.
Professional malpractice cases can be complex because they involve investigations into the underlying work performed by the professional. These cases may be proven through the use of expert witnesses who can testify to the industry standards in the various professions, and explain how the practitioner’s failure to abide by the industry standard or the law caused the client harm.
Depending on the harm suffered by the client, the client may be able to recover damages for financial losses he or she suffered because of the negligent actions of an attorney, accountant or financial advisor. In some cases, the harm suffered may not be solely financial, and could leave the client with a lot of legal problems, for example, being audited by the Internal Revenue Service or sued by employees, employers or customers. The stress of undoing the harm caused by a negligent or incompetent professional can be enormous.
Clients can recover for the following actions by their attorney, accountant or financial advisor as applicable:
- Misappropriation or theft of client funds;
- Filing incorrect or fraudulent tax returns;
- Conflict of interest;
- Failure to comply with the law or professional rules of conduct;
- Providing incorrect tax, financial, or legal advice; and/or
- General negligent performance of a professional duty.
Clients who have suffered harm due to the negligence or incompetence of their attorney, accountant, or financial advisor may also be able to report them to a professional board regulating their profession by filing a complaint.
It is always advisable to conduct a brief check on any attorney, accountant, and insurance agent to ensure they are licensed and in good standing. However, even an attorney, accountant, or insurance agent with no complaints filed against him or her may be negligent in handling a client’s case leading to the client suffering harm.
Florida law limits the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit alleging professional malpractice. In most cases, the statute of limitations gives a client two years from the time the alleged professional misconduct is discovered or should have been discovered through the exercise of due diligence.
Contact An Experienced Tampa Professional Malpractice Attorney
Contact the experienced Tampa malpractice attorneys at Saady & Saxe for a consultation on your case. We will work diligently to investigate the basis of your claim and advise you in the best cause of action for you or your business.