Denver Legal Malpractice Blog

A conflict of interest is not good for your case

Whenever you work with an attorney, your attorney is supposed to be on your side. They should not let their own interests get in the way of finding a resolution to your case.

When an attorney is biased against you, it's best for the attorney to step down from the case and to allow you to find another to work with. Failing to do so is unethical and could mean that your case is threatened.

Legal malpractice pitfalls: When you can't get in touch

Getting in touch with your attorney is one of the most important parts of any case. Being unable to stay in touch with your attorney easily means that you may miss important deadlines or not receive the attention you deserve during your case. It is possible to file a complaint against an attorney who does not represent you to the best of their ability.

Not communicating with a client can be a sign of misconduct on the part of an attorney. That's not all professional misconduct is, though. Professional misconduct can also be an attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or helping another person do so.

Driver found after deadly hit-and-run crash on Interstate 270

A hit-and-run driver is a person who flees the scene of an accident. That accident may or may not have resulted in injuries. The point is that the person did not think to stop, even though someone could have been in serious pain or in a life-threatening position.

There is truly no excuse for leaving the scene of an accident other than doing so to obtain help when other emergency care isn't possible. In most hit-and-run cases, drivers leave because they aren't aware of the collision or simply because they fear the repercussions. Neither is a good reason for leaving the scene when another person is in pain.

A good storyteller can change the outcome of a case

If you are facing charges for a crime that you committed, your attorney's job is to help keep you out of jail or to reduce the number of penalties you face. Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be at risk of minimum penalties and federal charges.

For example, did you know that federal charges often come with at least one year in prison upon conviction? If your attorney can get the charges dropped to the state level or to a misdemeanor, your options and possibilities open up. It may even be possible to reduce the likelihood of going to jail at all.

Legal malpractice isn't always easy to spot

When you hire an attorney, you count on that professional to act in your best interests. While most attorneys act in an ethical manner, there are a few who don't do what they are supposed to do. This can come from various circumstances but the reason for the unethical behavior can harm the client.

Clients who are the victims of legal malpractice often have to face greater hurdles than what they should have to. Here are some things to consider if you think you've fallen victim to an attorney who isn't acting in your best interests:

Legal malpractice: 2 major mistakes attorneys make

There are a few ways that attorneys can avoid legal malpractice claims, but for clients, the question is actually what attorneys could do that would mean that the clients should file a claim. While an attorney knows that ignoring a deadline isn't a good idea, not all clients may understand the importance of deadlines or realize that they have a right to a claim if an attorney misses one.

As a client, you need to know when your attorney makes mistakes. Negligence is not acceptable in any profession, law included. Here are two things to keep an eye out for.

Seeking damages: What to consider

After a personal injury, you may wish to seek compensation from the party responsible for your injuries. Do you know the type of compensation you want? Do you know everything you are entitled to?

It is important to understand the value of your case. You may be entitled to many things such as lost wages, coverage for travel costs, medical coverage and more.

Clients need to speak up if they feel neglected by attorneys

When you are a victim of a crime or another person's negligence, the last thing you want to have to deal with is an attorney who isn't paying attention to you. Legal malpractice has several forms, all of which clients should be aware of.

While you may think that all attorneys are the same, the reality is that there are good attorneys and bad attorneys. Sometimes, there are mediocre attorneys, too. It is a good idea to do your research before you work with someone, so you can make sure that they are thorough with their investigations and know what they are doing.

A criminal conviction has a lasting impact

A criminal conviction can have many long-term impacts. While most people only think about the initial consequences, such as prison time or fines, there are many things that can happen to you following the administrative penalties you face.

One thing to keep in mind is that your future career could rely on a clean criminal record. If you have an arrest or conviction in your past, it may be questioned by any new employer. Criminal background checks are a normal part of employment application processes. It may limit your career options if you have a conviction or a history of violations on your record.

Cellphones: Just as dangerous as drunk driving

Distracted driving is always dangerous, and even though certain habits have started to decline, there are always new distractions to watch out for. For example, while texting and driving isn't allowed any longer in most states, people can still become distracted with voice calls. If not voice calls, then perhaps with video calls, which not only allow them to talk but also view the other party. It's not safe, but it happens more often than it should in moving vehicles.

In 2016, 37,461 people lost their lives due to distracted driving in the United States. That was an increase of 5.6 percent from the year before. It's believed that the total number of distracted-driving crashes are under-reported and that it's actually a much larger issue than it appears.

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