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People often have issues or concerns they just cannot deal with on their own. If they are sick or injured, they visit a doctor. If they have pressing legal issues, they contact a lawyer. When it is time to do their taxes, they hire an accountant. These are just a few of the ways professionals are entrusted to help people with important issues in their lives. These professionals are there to help, and they must do so to the best of their ability, often while following strict regulations.

Sometimes professionals do not work in the best interests of those they are trying to help. When that is the case, a person can suffer physically, mentally, and financially. Victims may think they have no recourse, but they do. A professional malpractice lawyer in Ohio can help make things right. An attorney can help with the many different types of professional malpractice that take place far too often, so those affected can move on with their lives.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional acts, or fails to act, in a manner that deviates from the established standard of care within the medical community. Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to treat or diagnose
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Defective medical equipment
  • Hospital errors
  • Medication errors

Legal Malpractice

Attorneys have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of their clients. When they fail to do so, individuals can lose out on large settlements or otherwise become injured. Most legal malpractice cases cause the client to suffer financially. Some common types of legal malpractice include:

  • Failing to diligently pursue a case, resulting in its dismissal
  • Theft from an estate
  • Failure to provide expert reports or expert witness testimony
  • Conflicts of interest that result in low settlements
  • Improperly drafting agreements that result in a lost case
  • Failing to use adequate discovery
  • Dropping a case just before the statute of limitations runs out
  • Forcing one to settle due to lack of trial experience

Accountant Malpractice

Like healthcare and legal professionals, accountants sometimes also act negligently, causing financial harm to their clients. Common types of accountant malpractice include:

  • Improper tax returns
  • Inaccurate advice on accounting matters
  • Incorrect keeping of financial books and statements
  • Embezzlement
  • Violations of federal and state laws
  • License fraud

Architect/Engineer Malpractice

Malpractice that involves architects and engineers differ from other types of professional malpractice due to the fact that they are providing their clients with a tangible item while other professionals are providing their clients with a service. Still, architect and engineer malpractice happens and when it does, they can also be held liable. Some types of architect and engineer malpractice include:

  • Carelessly reviewing and approving a structure
  • Failing to comply with building codes, permits, or zoning laws
  • Failing to adhere to safety regulations
  • Understating costs
  • Failing to complete a project by the prearranged deadline

Appraisal Malpractice

Appraisal malpractice is when an appraiser does not provide accurate information related to the condition of a real estate property a person is interested in buying. This type of malpractice often includes:

  • Failing to provide the correct size of a property
  • Failing to advise on important information, such as if the property is prone to flooding
  • Failing to accurately depict the condition of the property
  • Accepting bribes or incentives from loan applicants

FINRA Claims

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) claims are made when investors wish to dispute an issue with their securities advisor. These claims often go through arbitration rather than litigation, with arbitration actually limiting the ability of someone to litigate the claim. While arbitration is less complex than litigation, anyone wishing to bring a claim should still enlist legal representation that can help them throughout the process. The most common FINRA claims include:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Negligence
  • Misrepresentation
  • Failure to supervise
  • Breach of contract
  • Omission of facts

Have a Malpractice Claim? Speak to an Ohio Professional Malpractice Attorney

When people seek the advice of a professional, they should be able to trust that professional will work in their best interests. When they fail to do so and an individual suffers damages due to that malpractice, an Akron professional malpractice lawyer can help that person file a claim against the professional.

If you have been the victim of professional malpractice and need help, contact Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio, LLP right away. Each type of professional malpractice has its own statute of limitations that could bar your chance of compensation if you wait too long. We offer free confidential consultations so call us today or fill out our online form to learn more.

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