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Malpractice cannot be claimed simply because you did not like the outcome of your case. Court proceedings can involve many different and hard-to-calculate variables. Juries can be very unpredictable when it comes to outcomes, for example, and simply because your award, if any, did not meet your expectations, does not automatically mean your attorney committed legal malpractice.
If for some reason, your attorney lacked expertise in the area of your case and failed to bring in someone who did, that type of behavior may constitute attorney malpractice. This may be hard to prove one way or the other with all the variables, such as a jury, involved.
If you feel that you would have won your case or received a different award as an outcome, and that your attorney did not perform to the standards of your area and his/her expertise, a consultation with an attorney malpractice lawyer might be in order.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|