Springfield Professional Negligence Attorneys
Representing Missouri Individuals and Businesses in Matters of Professional Negligence
Professionals offering specialized advice, guidance, or services owe you a heightened duty of care, meaning they must make every effort to act within the accepted standards of their field. Though mistakes (even damaging ones) can and do happen, there is no excuse for inattention, carelessness, or outright negligence. If you suffered losses due to professional malpractice, you deserve justice.
Potts Law Firm can provide the aggressive, sophisticated advocacy you need to hold negligent professionals accountable for unacceptable conduct. We are prepared to help you pursue legal action against a wide range of professionals, including accountants, trustees, architects, engineers, financial advisors, and securities brokers. With over $1 billion recovered for our clients and over 250 years of combined legal experience, our Springfield professional negligence lawyers are confident we have what it takes to prevail in court and secure the compensation you deserve.
If you believe you may have been harmed by a professional’s negligence in Missouri, schedule a free initial consultation by calling(417) 323-6752 or contacting us online. Same-day appointments are available, and we offer services in English and Spanish.
What Is Considered Professional Negligence in Missouri?
You expect financial advisors to give you reasonably sound financial advice. You expect a doctor to give you an accurate diagnosis and perform surgery to the best of their ability. You expect architects and engineers to design stable buildings free of structural defects. In all of these examples, you depend on a professional to honor their duty of care to you.
Due to the nature of their fields, professionals who work in specific, specialized industries owe a higher duty to clients than a non-professional would to others. Because people rely on these professionals for advice, support, and services, the law requires them to act within a certain standard. The parameters of that standard are generally established by others in the profession.
A professional commits professional negligence when they deviate from the accepted standard of care of their field and that deviation negatively affects a client. When determining whether a professional’s conduct constitutes negligence, it is worth considering whether another professional working in that field would find the offending actions (or lack of action) acceptable.
More specifically, a court may employ the foreseeability test. This considers whether the professional reasonably could have anticipated the harm their actions would cause their client.
A court may also employ a multifactor test, which considers:
- Whether a different course of action was available
- Whether a safer or less risky course of action was available
- The cost of an alternate course of action
- The extent and severity of the harm
To prevail in a professional negligence claim, you must be able to demonstrate that the heightened duty of care was violated and that you suffered losses directly resulting from the violation. Our Springfield professional negligence attorneys can assess your circumstances and advise whether you have a strong case.
You deserve capable legal advocates on your side when fighting to hold a professional accountable for unacceptable conduct. Call (417) 323-6752 or contact us online to discuss your case with us today.
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Simply claiming someone is a professional who offers professional services does not mean you can sue them for professional negligence. Only individuals and organizations that work in industries that specifically involve offering specialized advice, skills, and services are considered “professionals” and “professional organizations” for purposes of professional malpractice litigation. Examples of professionals and professional organizations that we can help you take legal action against include:
- 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 and business consulting firms
- Insurance agents, insurance brokers, and insurance companies
- Funeral homes
- Pharmacists and pharmacies
- Securities brokers
- Tax advisors