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LaPlace Professional Negligence Attorneys

Representing LaPlace Individuals and Businesses in Matters of Professional Negligence

Whether we realize it or not, we interact with professionals who owe us an enhanced duty of care on a regular basis. Individuals and companies alike engage accountants, architects, contractors, doctors, engineers, lawyers, and other professionals in the course of living our lives and doing business. We certainly expect these professionals to acceptably perform their duties and act with a certain level of care, but you may not be aware that these professionals also have a legal responsibility to do so.

When you suffer harm or losses due to a professional’s negligence or wrongful conduct, Potts Law Firm can help you hold them accountable and work to recover just compensation. With over $1 billion recovered for our clients and over 250 years of combined experience, our LaPlace professional negligence lawyers are well-versed in this type of complex litigation and are not afraid of a challenge. We have pursued legal action against professionals in a wide range of industries and have gained a strong reputation for our aggressive, results-oriented approach. You can trust us to handle your case with the commitment and care it deserves.

Contact us online or give us a call at (985) 236-0573 to schedule a free initial consultation. Our firm offers same-day appointments and provides services in English and Spanish.

What Is Considered Professional Negligence in Louisiana?

A regular, nonprofessional person will at times owe a legal “duty of care” to others. When you get behind the wheel, for example, you owe a duty of care to other Louisiana drivers, and you violate this duty if you behave in a way that another reasonable person would not in the same situation.

Professionals owe an even higher duty of care to their clients and customers than an ordinary person would in most situations. Generally, professionals are legally required to act in a way that another reasonable professional in their field would in the same scenario.

Professional negligence occurs when a professional “deviates” from what others in their field would consider an acceptable standard of care, consequently harming a client or customer. In other words, if a professional you trusted did something reckless, irresponsible, fraudulent, or malicious that caused you harm, you may have a case. There are also several subcategories of professional negligence that are used to describe different types of misconduct.

Our LaPlace professional negligence attorneys can assist you with cases involving:

  • Ordinary negligence. Not all acts of professional malpractice are necessarily deliberate. When a professional’s inattention or carelessness results in harm, their conduct may be considered “ordinary” negligence. Note that ordinary negligence does not involve any malicious or intentional misconduct.
  • Gross negligence. Unlike ordinary negligence, “gross” negligence does involve intentional or wildly irresponsible misconduct. It occurs when a professional does something especially reckless (as determined by the standard of care in their profession) or purposely harmful.
  • Negligence per se. When a professional’s conduct breaks the law, it is considered negligence per se. Conduct that does not necessarily break the law but would be considered irrefutably unethical or unacceptable to a reasonable person may also constitute negligence per se.
  • Breach of contract. Many people enter legal agreements when they decide to work with professionals as a means of protecting themselves. That may not stop a professional from violating a provision of a contract. If you can demonstrate the breach resulted in damages, you may be able to secure compensation from the professional through a breach of contract lawsuit.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty. Accountants, financial advisors, bankers, and certain other professionals are considered fiduciaries, meaning they owe a fiduciary duty to you. In other words, they are required to act in your best interest, and they breach their fiduciary duty if they attempt to benefit themselves to your detriment.
  • Fraud. A professional acts fraudulently if they make any effort to deceive you or withhold important information. They are legally required to act honestly.

Are you wary of how a professional is treating you but are not sure whether you have a case? Our team at Potts Law Firm can review your situation, determine whether your rights were violated, and walk you through your legal options.

Who Can Commit Professional Negligence in Louisiana?

Generally, if a field requires specialized skills or involves supplying specialized advice, a professional working in that field owes you a higher duty of care and can therefore commit professional negligence. Keep in mind that individuals and organizations are both capable of committing this offense.

Our firm can represent you in cases pursued against:

  • Accountants and accounting firms
  • Architects and architectural firms
  • Attorneys and law firms
  • Business consultants
  • Business consulting 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
  • Funeral homes
  • Insurance agents, insurance brokers, and insurance companies
  • Pharmacists and pharmacies
  • Securities brokers
  • Surveyors
  • Tax advisors
  • Therapists
  • Trustees

For us, it’s all about getting the possible result. Call (985) 236-0573 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do to protect and enforce your rights.

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What Damages Can I Recover in a Professional Negligence Lawsuit?

You should not wait to get legal advice if you learn or begin to suspect you were harmed by the actions of a professional. In Louisiana, you typically only get one year from the date of the offending action to file a professional negligence lawsuit.

Not all types of harm caused by professionals will be immediately obvious, however. In these instances, you will have one year from the date you discovered (or reasonably should have discovered) the harm to file a claim. A three-year statute of repose applies, meaning your ability to take legal action will expire three years after the offense occurs, even if you do not discover the harm done to you until later.

Our LaPlace professional negligence lawyers will fight to get you compensation for:

  • Loss of profits
  • Loss of income
  • Restitution
  • Diminution in value
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disgorgement of payments made to the offending professional

Do not expect these fights to be easy. Professionals in many industries prepare for these claims and will frequently go to extraordinary lengths to combat them. Our seasoned legal advocates level the playing field and will make every effort to get you the compensation you need to move forward.


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