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Despite all the jokes and stereotypes of attorneys being unethical, the truth is that only a small percentage of lawyers actually get sued for attorney malpractice.
The top two practice areas that lead to malpractice claims against lawyers are real estate and personal injury matters, reports The Washington Times.
Claims against lawyers typically vary depending upon the size of the firm. Firms with 2-5 attorneys faced the highest number of claims averaging 2.2 claims annually for every lawyer in the firm. In contrast, solo practitioners only faced 0.77 claims annually, reports the Times. So what are the top reasons that lawyers get sued for malpractice?
As you can see, administrative errors and client relations are probably two of the easiest ways to avoid getting sued. By maintaining a good relationship with your client, explaining fees properly, and simply listening to your clients, you can reduce your chance of getting sued by 40%.
In the article, it was written that most patients who sued their doctors for medical malpractice would not have done so if their doctor simply utilized better bedside manner. There's a lesson there for attorneys.