Hoffer v. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Verdict: On November 2, 2012, after a two week trial, a Philadelphia jury awarded 12.6 million dollars to a child who suffered severe brain injury due to the neglect of his health care providers. When his mother was 38 weeks pregnant, the baby had flipped around inside her, for the first time in a “breech” position rather than head down. The midwife diagnosed this during a routine visit, but failed to call a physician to attempt to externally turn the baby. Instead, she was discharged without care, and scheduled for a cesarean section.
Professional malpractice claims are brought against professionals such as physicians, accountants, lawyers, dentists, engineers, psychologists, architects, and any other profession. Our Philadelphia professional malpractice lawyers are needed when an individual fails to comply with the professional and ethical standards of their association, causing physical injury, emotional distress, or financial problems to a person or business as a result. For over 60 years, we have been very successful in this highly technical, complex, and specialized area of litigation. Our hard work and thorough case preparation has led to our history of success, including $2+ billion in recoveries since 1958.
Whatever the profession, individuals owe a certain duty of care to clients who enlist their services. When this care is not provided and results in harm to the client, negligence or malpractice may be to blame. Whether the professional simply neglected to follow standard procedure, should have known better, or intentionally harmed the client, they can be held liable for damages.
One specific example of professional negligence can be seen in legal malpractice. Legal malpractice is the term used to describe a lawyer or law firm that has been negligent, causing harm to a client or party.
Legal malpractice could happen if an attorney or lawyer:
A breach in fiduciary duty occurs when a lawyer acts in his or her own interest and not in the client's interest. A recent example in the news aptly illustrates this. 70- year-old Attorney Samuel Liebman was made the administrator of an elderly woman's estate. Instead of looking after her best interest, he stole almost a half of a million dollars from her. In order to prove legal malpractice, it must be shown that the lawyer failed to work in a manner compliant with standard regulation and that the claimant would have won the case if the lawyer had correctly handled the work.
At The Beasley Firm, we know how to uncover the specific facts of each malpractice claim to obtain the best results we can for our clients. This combination of experience, skill, and hard work has resulted in the two largest negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history. In addition, we have won countless other multi-million dollar judgments and confidential settlements in all aspects of malpractice claims. Our passion to fight for all that have been wronged has led to billions awarded to our clients-more than any other law firm in Pennsylvania. We fight the same way for you. Our firm is known for remaining one step ahead of the opposition throughout case proceedings due to our thorough preparation and unparalleled investigative skills.
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