March 10th, 2015|
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.
September 18th, 2012|
Sept. 18, 2012
A recently released American Bar Association (ABA) study showed that real estate transactions made up the bulk of claims filed in Legal Malpractice Law.
According to Bloomberg BNA, the data, collected from 2008 to 2011, was presented this month at the ABA’s Fall 2012 National Legal Malpractice Conference.
The study examined 53,000 claims submitted from 20 different malpractice liability insurers and found real estate claims represented 20 percent of the total. Plaintiff’s personal injury ranked second with more than 15 percent of the total, while family law was responsible for approximately 12 percent of claims filed.
Estate and trust claims, along with bankruptcy and collections, each represented roughly 10 percent of the remaining complaints. These two types of claims, despite representing the lowest percentages, saw a tremendous spike since 2008. Many experts say that the shift can be blamed on the downturn of the housing market around 2007.
Researchers behind the study hope the data can be put to work in future claims prevention programs.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers believe representing a client’s needs should always be a top priority when working a case, and they are here to help you if a law firm’s errors caused you to suffer.