Legal Malpractice Attorneys in Belleville, Illinois
When you hire an attorney, whether it is to purchase or sell real estate, represent you during litigation, or assist you in another legal matter, you place trust in your lawyer to provide a standard level of care and not to cause you greater financial harm or loss. Unfortunately, there are incompetent or fraudulent lawyers in Illinois who do cause these kinds of losses to their clients through legal malpractice. Failing to introduce evidence is one common way that lawyers can do a disservice to their clients.
At the law firm of Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., our attorneys provide representation for the victims of legal malpractice in Illinois. We understand how to determine if legal malpractice has taken place and if the failure to introduce evidence may have caused financial harm to a client. For more than 30 years, our firm has worked with other legal experts to review and assess client files and court cases. If malpractice has occurred, we will pursue compensation through a legal claim and help you recover for your damages.
Failure to Introduce Evidence in Legal Cases
Obtaining, analyzing and presenting evidence is one of the key responsibilities of an attorney in litigation and the failure to perform those duties can affect the outcome of a case. The failure to introduce evidence may be the result of lawyers not doing their due diligence, not knowing that the evidence exists and not interviewing key witnesses. It may also be the result of lawyers ignoring or forgetting about evidence that is erroneously deemed unimportant.
The first thing that we do at the law firm of Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., is assess the damages that have been caused by the malpractice and look at the court file and the lawyer’s file on the case. The files maintained by your lawyer are the client’s property, not the lawyer’s, and must be provided to clients for the cost of copying and should detail the actions that were taken by all sides. If the malpractice is alleged in an area where our lawyers do not practice, such as family law, we will hire outside experts to help us effectively analyze these cases.