Professional malpractice is an area of legal practice, dealing with an individual professional’s or a business’s wrongdoing or negligence that causes injury or damage. A few typical examples of professional malpractice are breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, mismanagement, errors in judgment, misconduct or carelessness.
Though the most common type of professional malpractice claim involves medical negligence, other professionals may be liable for damages when their negligence or carelessness causes injury to others. As with medical malpractice, the standard of care that a professional must follow is higher than that of an ordinary citizen. Typically, a professional will be held to the same standard as other similar professionals with similar training and experience, working in the same community.
Attorneys are bound by a code of ethics, and may be sued for compensation for any losses stemming from a breach of any provision of the code. The most common types of legal malpractice claims involve:
An architect or engineer may be liable for malpractice for a failure to use reasonable care in the design, consulting or advising on any building project. Examples of architectural or engineering malpractice include:
Certified public accountants and other financial advisors can be liable for damages for negligence or carelessness in their work. Typical accounting malpractice claims include allegations of:
Any person who performs a service as a licensed professional may be liable for damages for a failure to follow accepted standards of practice. Potential defendants in malpractice actions can include dentists and dental specialists, pharmacists, and beauticians/hairdressers.
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