Philadelphia Professional Negligence Lawyers

Professional negligence is malpractice by a professional in a certain field; lawsuits can be filed against any type of professional for an injury or damages resulting from their failure to perform at the generally accepted standard of care or behavior for their profession. Any kind of professional can be subject to a professional negligence claim, but some of the most commonly filed lawsuits are for medical malpractice against a hospital, physician, nurse or nursing home, attorney malpractice, engineer malpractice, architect malpractice, and accountant malpractice. Negligence laws are written to punish those who do not conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their profession and whose actions cause harm to the person who relied upon them. If you have been harmed as a result of the negligence of a professional who you hired, the attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help. We have extensive experience in filing lawsuits for compensation of damages caused by professional negligence.

There are several reasons why a professional negligence claim can be filed. Some examples include:

These are claims filed against physicians, dentists, nurses or other medical or health care professionals who have failed to diagnose, failed to provide a treatment at the standard level of care, have prescribed incorrect medication or caused injury.

  • Legal malpractice

These are claims against attorneys who have inadequately represented their clients by failing to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations, failure to meet the court’s deadlines, or other insufficiencies that caused a case to be dismissed or lost or damaged the client.

When an accountant’s negligence results in errors on the client’s financial or tax information that causes financial damage.  This may include inventory errors, failure to include essential disclosures, or failure to file federal or state income taxes.

Every professional negligence claim requires proof of four basic elements. These are that the plaintiff was owed a duty for the professional to act with the reasonable level of care as measured by the standard of that person’s profession; that the negligent professional breached their duty either by failing to act or by committing an act; that the breach of duty was the actual or proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury; and that the injury sustained as a result of their breach of duty caused compensable injuries. Compensable injuries can include financial loss, physical harm, disfigurement or mental anguish.

Damages for professional malpractice are generally broken into three different catagories: economic, noneconomic and physical impairment or disfigurement. Economic damages compensate for financial losses that resulted from the negligence, and are straightforward and easily calculable. They include lost wages and medical expenses. Noneconomic damages are those for which a price is not easily established. They include pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and inconvenience. Physical impairment or disfiguration damages attempts to compensate for permanent injuries such as scarring or permanent pain.

If you have been the victim of professional negligence in Philadelphia, the attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help you to prepare a claim and advise you as to the expected compensation for the injuries that you have suffered.