Can I Get Punitive Damages for My Legal Malpractice Claim?

May 17, 2021


Welcome to the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr, where we provide expert legal advice and representation in various practice areas. In this article, we will explore the topic of punitive damages in legal malpractice claims. If you have experienced legal malpractice and wonder if you are entitled to punitive damages, you've come to the right place.

Understanding Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice refers to negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, or intentional misconduct by an attorney that causes harm to their client. When an attorney fails to uphold the standard of care expected in their profession, it can lead to significant damages for the client.

What Are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are a form of compensation awarded to a plaintiff in addition to actual damages. Unlike actual damages, which aim to compensate for the specific harm suffered, punitive damages serve as a punishment for the defendant's wrongful conduct. They are intended to deter others from engaging in similar misconduct.

When Can Punitive Damages Be Awarded in Legal Malpractice Cases?

In legal malpractice cases, punitive damages may be awarded if the attorney's conduct is found to be particularly egregious. The court will consider factors such as:

  • The defendant lawyer's intent or state of mind
  • The severity of the attorney's misconduct
  • The extent of harm caused to the client
  • Whether the attorney's actions were fraudulent or malicious
  • Whether the attorney profited from the misconduct

It's important to note that not all legal malpractice cases qualify for punitive damages. Courts generally require clear and convincing evidence of the attorney's wrongful conduct to justify the award of punitive damages.

Benefits of Seeking Punitive Damages

While punitive damages are not available in every legal malpractice case, pursuing them can have certain benefits. These may include:

  • Deterring other attorneys from similar misconduct
  • Sending a strong message that legal malpractice will not be tolerated
  • Providing a sense of justice for the affected client
  • Increasing the likelihood of a substantial overall recovery

It's essential to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to determine whether seeking punitive damages is an appropriate course of action.

Working with the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr

If you believe you have been a victim of legal malpractice and are considering seeking punitive damages, the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr is here to help. Our team of skilled attorneys specializes in legal malpractice cases and can provide you with the guidance and representation you need.

We understand the complexities of legal malpractice claims and will diligently investigate your case, gather evidence, and build a strong argument on your behalf. Our goal is to seek justice for our clients and hold negligent attorneys accountable for their actions.

With our extensive experience in handling legal malpractice cases, we have successfully recovered significant compensation for our clients, including punitive damages in appropriate circumstances. We will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected and seek the maximum possible recovery in your case.

Contact Us Today

If you believe you have a legal malpractice claim and want to explore the possibility of seeking punitive damages, contact the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr. Our experienced attorneys are ready to listen to your story, assess your case, and provide you with the personalized legal advice and representation you deserve.

We believe in fighting for justice and will guide you through every step of the legal process. Don't let legal malpractice go unanswered – contact us today and let us help you seek the compensation you deserve.