Sep 302012

A: Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey laws, lawyers are held to a certain standard of care in handling matters. If a lawyer breaches that standard of care, they may be found liable for causing damages which resulted from the malpractice. The standard that applies to a medical negligence lawyer will differ from the standard applied to a corporate lawyer.

Proving that a lawyer committed negligence or malpractice usually involves having the case evaluated by a lawyer who specializes in handling malpractice matters. That lawyer will then determine what standard of care will be applied to the case. In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, clients who want to pursue a legal malpractice action against their lawyer must provide a Certificate of Merit (PA) or Affidavit of Merit (NJ) once the case is filed with the court. That document certifies that the case was reviewed by a lawyer who has provided a professional opinion that the lawyer at issue (being sued) committed negligence.

For more information, contact a Pennsylvania legal malpractice liability lawyer.

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Published: September 30, 2012

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