When a lawyer makes an error that affects his or her client’s legal rights, the victim may be able to seek compensation through a legal malpractice claim. But there are many regulations that govern every step of filing an Alabama legal malpractice claim.
One of the most important steps is ensuring a claim is filed in a timely manner. The state has created time limits, known as statutes of limitations, that place restraints on how long victims of legal malpractice have to file lawsuits. In most instances, a claim must be filed within two years of an attorney’s mistake being made.
A decision by the Alabama Supreme Court also created a discovery rule for these statutes of limitations. The rule states that the start of the statute of limitations for an Alabama legal malpractice case doesn’t begin until the victim realizes an error has been made that harmed his or her case.
Due to the complexities of the laws that govern legal malpractice claims here in Alabama, it may be wise to seek legal counsel if you’re considering filing such a claim. At Norris Injury Lawyers, we have a team of attorneys who are standing by to answer any questions you may have. You can reach our Birmingham personal injury lawyers by calling (888) 318-4245.