Houston Legal Malpractice Lawyers
LEGAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS SERVING HOUSTON AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
If you have been injured in an accident, unethical lawyers, service providers, and healthcare professionals may attempt to take advantage of you and your situation. Whether it is a car accident, work injury, trucking accident, or premises liability accident, if you were approached and persuaded to hire a particular attorney or healthcare provider, you may be a victim of legal malpractice
Do not be a victim! Legal malpractice can have long-lasting consequences on your case and can diminish and even destroy your chances of making a full financial recovery.
WHAT IS LEGAL MALPRACTICE?
Legal malpractice can come in a variety of forms. When hiring an attorney to represent you in a personal injury claim, that attorney is legally obligated to render competent professional service. When an attorney is incompetent or acts illegally or unethically, and you suffer financial damages as a result, you can seek compensation with a legal malpractice claim.
Some common examples of legal malpractice include:
- Illegal Case Solicitation/Barratry: If you were approached or persuaded to hire a particular attorney or healthcare provider following an accident, you may have been the victim of illegal solicitation or barratry. The solicitation could have occurred in person, over the phone, by electronic correspondence, or by mail.
- Attorney Negligence: If you attorney did not treat your case as well as an average attorney should, then your attorney may have been negligent in handling your case. This may include outrageous mistakes by the attorney, such as missing court dates and deadlines, failing to submit documents to the court, or being otherwise irresponsible in your representation.
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty: If an attorney places their best interest ahead of yours and your case was adversely affected, your attorney may have committed malpractice by breaching his or her fiduciary duty. Remember, when it comes to legal representation, your interests always come before your attorney’s financial gain.
- Breach of Contract: When you hire an attorney, you are entered into a legally binding contract with them. If your attorney fails to meet his or her contractual obligations, you can pursue a legal malpractice lawsuit and seek damages.
- Settling Without Your Permission: Your attorney cannot settle your case without your permission. If you were not consulted before your attorney agreed to a settlement on your behalf, you may have a legal malpractice case.
HOW BIG OF A PROBLEM IS ILLEGAL CASE SOLICITATION IN HOUSTON?
Unfortunately, illegal case solicitation is a bigger problem in Houston than you may think. Further, the payments that go to pay off case solicitors (also called case runners) often come right out of the victim’s verdict or settlement disguised as “litigation expenses.” That is money that should have gone in the victim’s pocket!
Among the occupations most often used in illegal case solicitation are:
- Tow-truck drivers
- Body shop employees
- Funeral home personnel
- News reporters
- Hospital employees
- Insurance agents
- Law firm “investigators”
WERE YOU SOLICITED BY AN ATTORNEY AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
In some cases, barratry may be hard to notice. If you believe you may have been the victim of barratry, ask yourself the following questions.
- Did you receive phone calls from individuals who told you a family member had asked them to talk to you about hiring an attorney when you never told your family you wanted to hire an attorney? Did they know your family members names, but your family had never spoken to them before or made any calls whatsoever?
- Were you approached by an attorney or someone acting on behalf of an attorney at the funeral home following the death of a loved one? Did a tow truck driver or body shop employee try to force you to hire a particular attorney?
- Did a police officer at the scene of your accident persuade you to call an attorney? Did you receive a call from a police officer or someone claiming to be an officer who tried to pressure you to hire a specific attorney?
- Did your attorney or service provider bribe you with money, gifts or “free” items in exchange for signing a contract?
- Did a lawyer, “investigator”, or someone acting on behalf of a lawyer go to your home or hospital uninvited to try to obtain a signature on a lawyers’ contract for legal services?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may have been wrongfully and illegally solicited.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’VE BEEN THE VICTIM OF BARRATRY?
If you believe you have been the victim of barratry, it is essential that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Even if you did not sign a contract, you may still be entitled to compensation and may file a civil action against any person you attempted to solicit your case illegally.
Among the damages recoverable by barratry victims are:
- All fees and expenses paid under a contact
- Actual damages caused by the prohibited conduct
- Reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED HOUSTON BARRATRY LAWYER
If a legal professional or service provider solicit you to represent you legally following an accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Thomas J. Henry has been fighting barratry and illegal case solicitation in South Texas for more than two decades. In 2007, Thomas J. Henry made headlines when he helped to bring down Mauricio Celis, a high-rolling case runner who falsely represented himself as an attorney (read more about this case in Texas Monthly).
Let us help you get your money back from dishonest and unethical Houston lawyers. Call us today for a free case review.
- Our Houston Personal Injury Law Offices
- Phone number: (713) 338-2525 (attorneys available 24/7 to assist you)
- Address: 12 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1100 Houston, Texas 77046 (walk-in Monday through Friday)
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– Vidal V., 8/24/2018