Professional Liability (Medical & Legal Malpractice)

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is more than a medical mistake. In some cases, medical malpractice may occur when a physician or health care worker fails to recognize the risk of disease, thereby not making a timely diagnosis. In other cases, medical malpractice occurs when physicians or health care workers fail to act upon a risk that a reasonable person would act upon by starting treatment. Or when a physician or health care worker makes a mistake in diagnosis or treatment that causes subsequent harm to a patient.
Zagrans Law Firm’s seasoned attorneys have years of experience in handling complex medical malpractice cases. The firm has experts in almost any medical field, including brain damage, cardiovascular disease, cancer, orthopedics, strokes and a variety of other illnesses. We also represent those suffering life-long illnesses due to complications at birth, as well as other victims unnecessarily harmed by medical negligence.

Legal Malpractice

Lawyers make mistakes. Mistakes are unavoidable in a profession as complex and difficult as the law. Most of the time, the mistake can be corrected or resolved. But, there may be times when the error is so serious that the damage can destroy a client’s case. That is when the mistake becomes a legal malpractice case. Even excellent lawyers in large and well respected firms also commit malpractice, overcharge and are more likely to find themselves in conflict of interest situations.
There are many different ways in which malpractice can occur and it covers every single area of law. Sometimes the nature of the malpractice is clear. For example, an attorney misses a critical statute of limitations and the client’s case is lost forever. Usually though, it is not quite that simple; the wrongful conduct is more subtle and almost always requires expert legal witnesses to establish the malpractice.
Whether the malpractice is distinct or complex, when a lawyer’s conduct has lost or caused damage to a client’s case, it becomes necessary to not only prove that the lawyer was negligent, but also prove what the outcome of the case would have been in the absence of the lawyer’s negligence. Often, this requires trying the underlying case in the trial of the legal malpractice case. This is one of the reasons why lawyer malpractice cases are both difficult and expensive to handle. Because of the difficulty and expense involved in handling legal malpractice cases, and/or because the standard of proof is very difficult in certain cases, we do not deal with malpractice cases involving criminal law, workers’ compensation law or family law.