Wheaton Lawyers for Negligence and Legal Malpractice in Personal Injury Cases
At Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, we understand that the lawyer you choose to represent you in a personal injury matter can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. We know that experience, attention to detail, and a commitment to client service can increase your chances of success. Conversely, an inexperienced, unorganized attorney could result in you not receiving the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
If you were injured in any type of accident and you did not recover a satisfactory outcome in your personal injury claim due to the actions or negligence of your attorney, you may be able to file a malpractice claim against that attorney. Our experienced professional negligence lawyers can help ensure that your rights are fully protected along the way.
Identifying Legal Malpractice
The practice of law is a highly-regulated profession, and lawyers in Illinois must adhere to the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. Attorneys must conduct themselves professionally and uphold appropriate standards of care.
It is important to recognize the difference between a mistake and negligence, as not every mistake is automatically grounds for a malpractice claim. Similarly, an unfavorable outcome in your original case does not necessarily mean you have a negligence case either. As long as your attorney acted in good faith with honest intentions, he or she is not likely to be considered guilty of malpractice, even if mistakes in judgment were made.
On the other hand, you may have grounds for a legal malpractice claim if your lawyer:
- Failed to meet filing requirements, including the statute of limitations deadlines;
- Provided incorrect advice or counsel based on outdated laws;
- Breached attorney-client confidentiality;
- Failed to communicate with you as the injured victim;
- Failed to properly handle your case;
- Failed to explore all available remedies or causes of action;
- Accepted a case that was beyond his or her experience, training, and skills;
- Had a conflict of interest that he or she did not disclose;
- Accepted a settlement without your approval; or
- Otherwise failed to act in your best interests.
Building Your Case
Legal malpractice cases are among the most challenging in any area of the law. Not all firms are willing to investigate the work of other attorneys and to hold them accountable when they fall short. At Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, we believe that every injured victim deserves responsible representation. Attorneys who do not uphold the prevailing standards in the industry must be held accountable.
If you believe that your original attorney was negligent, our team will thoroughly review your case from start to finish. We will obtain court transcripts and other public documents, as well as notes, records, and receipts from your interactions with your lawyer. Our firm has successfully handled many legal malpractice cases, and we are ready to put our skills and experience to work for you.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
To learn more about legal malpractice and professional negligence claims, contact our office. Call 630-462-1980 for a free, no-obligation consultation today. Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered represents clients in Wheaton, DuPage County, Will County, Cook County, Kane County, and throughout Northern Illinois.