When you hire highly skilled and trained professionals, it is because you need their expertise in a particular field. You expect that they will provide you with professional services and that you will not be physically or financially harmed as a result. Professional malpractice is not just limited to legal and medical malpractice; there are many different types of professionals and when you hire them in their professional capacity, they owe you a duty of care. If you have suffered physical or financial harm due to what you believe may be professional malpractice, contact a professional malpractice attorney with The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. As attorneys, professional responsibility is of the utmost importance in our practice of law and we believe that other professionals should place the same importance on professional responsibility in their practice as well.
Who is a professional?
A professional is someone who has an expertise in a particular field. Often professionals hold educational degrees in their field, have a professional license, are required to participate in continuing education in their field, and have a responsibility to clients/patients that hire them for their professional services.
What is professional malpractice?
Professional malpractice occurs when you have retained a professional for his or her services and he or she breaches a duty of care owed to you as a client or patient. Typically, professional malpractice plaintiffs will allege that the professional’s conduct deviated from the professional industry standard and the plaintiff was injured as a result. Proving breach of the standard of care often involves hiring an industry professional to testify as to what the professional standard is and that the defendant professional’s conduct fell below that standard.
Did you suffer an injury?
Professional malpractice injuries may be physical or financial injuries sustained by the plaintiff. Physical injuries are often the result of medical or dental malpractice. Examples of financial injuries include losses due to financial advising errors, legal malpractice that results in losing your ability to recover damages, accounting malpractice that causes you to lose your business or suffer strict IRS penalties, and engineer malpractice that results in costs to repair an unstable structure.
Professional malpractice injuries might cause both physical and financial injuries in some cases such as when a doctor’s surgical mistake causes a patient’s paralysis. Due to the paralysis, the patient may no longer be able to work, leaving the patient with the physical paralysis injury and the financial injury of additional medical bills related to the paralysis and loss of income.
Professional malpractice insurance
Many professionals carry malpractice insurance, which means that if you are a victim of professional malpractice, an insurance company may contact you. You do not have to speak with an insurance company when they call you and our Cherry Hill professional malpractice attorneys recommend that you speak with an experienced malpractice attorney before you do communicate with an insurance company. If you have sustained injuries due to professional malpractice, you need a legal representative to advocate for your full and fair recovery.