Albuquerque Professional Negligence Attorneys
Representing New Mexico Individuals and Businesses in Matters of Professional Malpractice
When you go to the doctor, you expect a certain level of treatment. When you hire an architect and engineer, you assume they will design a sound building that meets all applicable codes and legal requirements. When you hire a financial advisor, you expect them to make every effort to give you prudent advice. These expectations and assumptions are not mere feelings: They have a basis in law. Professionals working in certain specialized fields owe a heightened duty of care to their clients, meaning they can be held legally responsible for the harm they cause because of their negligence, carelessness, or fraudulent conduct.
At Potts Law Firm, we leverage our extensive power and resources to help individuals and businesses hold professionals accountable for malpractice. Our Albuquerque professional negligence lawyers have over 250 years of combined legal experience and have recovered over $1 billion for our clients. We understand how to strategically navigate these conflicts in New Mexico courtrooms and are committed to delivering optimal outcomes. You deserve fair compensation for your losses, and you can rest assured we will make every effort to protect and enforce your rights.
If you were harmed by the actions of a professional, schedule a free initial consultation by calling (505) 305-1283 or contacting us online. Same-day appointments are available, and we provide services in English and Spanish.
Professional Negligence, Explained
There are many scenarios where a non-professional individual owes a duty of care to other people. When you drive a vehicle, you owe a duty of care to other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. When you own property, you have a duty to address hazards that might harm visitors. Violating these duties can leave you open to liability through personal injury litigation.
Professionals owe an even higher duty of care to their clients because they are entrusted with providing specialized advice, skills, or services. They must act within the accepted standards of their profession, as established by other professionals working in the industry. Professional negligence (also referred to as malpractice) occurs when a professional’s deviation from the accepted norms results in harm to a client. What is and is not considered professional negligence will depend on the unique factors of a given situation and is often decided on a case-by-case basis.
To determine whether a professional’s conduct constitutes negligence, a court may consider:
- Whether another professional working in the defendant’s field finds their conduct acceptable
- Whether the defendant could have reasonably predicted their actions would harm the plaintiff
- Whether an alternate, less risky course of action was available to the defendant
- The cost of any alternative course of action available to the defendant
- The scope and severity of the harm sustained by the plaintiff
Advice that does not pan out does not automatically constitute professional negligence, even if you suffer losses as a direct result. Situational factors are extremely important in these cases. Our Albuquerque professional negligence attorneys can carefully assess the circumstances and advise whether you have a strong claim.
Get advice from a seasoned litigation attorney today. Call (505) 305-1283 or contact us online to get started.
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Both individual professionals and professional organizations can be held accountable under professional negligence laws. For a person or business to be considered “professional,” they must work in a field that customarily offers specialized services or guidance. Potts Law Firm can represent you in professional negligence litigation filed against:
- Accountants and accounting firms
- Architects and architectural firms
- Attorneys and law firms
- Counselors and counseling firms
- Dentists and dental facilities
- Designers and design firms
- Doctors and medical facilities
- Engineers and engineering firms
- Estate executors
- Financial advisors
- Business consultants/business consulting firms
- Insurance agents, insurance brokers, and insurance companies
- Funeral homes
- Pharmacists and pharmacies
- Securities brokers
- Tax advisors
ERISA Class Action Settlement $36 Million
T. “Micah” Dortch served as class counsel in the ERISA class action, Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives resulting in millions of dollars returned to investors.