Professional Malpractice Law
Professional malpractice encompasses the liability of people in professions where the clients are owed a certain legal duty. Professional malpractice issues arise with attorneys, accountants, physicians, law firms, brokers, real estate professions and other licensed professionals that may be liable to their clients if they fail to meet their standards of professional competence. This is a serious violation that can have considerable consequences. The top legal minds in the professional malpractice field work for, or on behalf of insurance companies. In some professions, like medicine, practitioners are required to maintain a level of malpractice insurance. Certain professionals have a legal and ethical duty to act in their clients’ best interests and apply their education and training in a competent fashion. Unfortunately, many professionals fall short of their obligations. Their actions can have dire affects on your financial, emotional and physical well-being. As professional malpractice lawyers in New York City, Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson & Friedman LLP can help you obtain compensation for the incompetence of an obligated professional.
Physicians, nurses, and even hospital administrators have duties of care to their patients. Medical professionals work alone as solo practitioners or as part of a larger group. Medical Malpractice in New York is a result of a doctor, or a member of their office, incompetence. It is where the actions (or inaction) of a medical professional resulted in the patient’s harm.
When someone wants to sue a physician or hospital over medical malpractice, or even dental malpractice they need a lawyer with experience navigating the differing standards of care applicable to each person or entity that took care of the patient. Medical malpractice lawsuits will almost always require the hiring of expert witnesses who can explain the medical condition, appropriate treatment and assess whether the care provided met the legal standard.
Legal malpractice ranges from simple tasks, like failing to meet a New York statue of limitations, to complex business transactions involving failed mergers of major corporations. The duties that lawyers owe their clients are complicated and multifaceted.
You will need an excellent and thorough understanding of the New York Bar Association’s Code of professional malpractice, which is the code which governs lawyer conduct. In order to determine if whether you have a case against an attorney, you will need our expertise, Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson & Friedman, to identify all of the issues and determine what the attorney could have or should have done differently. On the defense side, attorneys should always defend their actions with a law firm which has experience in exactly the kinds of law the attorney handles.
Like attorneys, accountants are also certified by third-party entities responsible for ensuring that the accountants meet certain standards. Certified Public Accountants give important opinions which are relied upon in a variety of contexts. Their work is relied upon during tax assessments, municipal budget statements, stock evaluations and bankruptcy proceedings.
When accountants fail to exercise due professional care, they can be sued for negligence. When they are found to have materially misrepresented financial matters, the consequences can be serious, and the damage estimates high.
Real estate professionals are often sued for their involvement in transactions that go awry or fall apart. When a homeowner, for example, failed to disclose defects about a property prior to sale, the buyer will almost always sue the realtor to find out what he or she knew about the disclosure.
Since we are experienced professional malpractice attorneys, we will know how to properly assess the roles of the realtors, brokers, and lawyers to determine if they are also responsible. The same issues are also at stake when mulch-million dollar land transactions fall through at the last minute, or when a lawyer or other person doesn’t do the required research into a property’s title.
Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson & Friedman, LLP can provide you with a free consultation and review your professional malpractice claim. We can provide you with insight about your professional malpractice case and when possible obtain compensation in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. If you have been affected by the negligent actions of a professional, and want to learn more about professional malpractice we can help. Call (212) 355-8000 to schedule a free appointment.