Most of us know that lawyers can sue doctors, nurses, engineers, architects and other professionals for damages and deaths they’ve caused though what legal jargon calls deviating from the standard of care—the professional equivalent of running a red light.
What you may not know is that legal malpractice exists too. Just like any other professional, lawyers can make mistakes—sometimes major ones. Accordingly, lawyers carry malpractice insurance just like doctors, and some of them pay as much for it as doctors do. Every consumer should be aware that if your lawyer has made a mistake (for example, not filing a lawsuit on time), you have the option of consulting with another attorney to investigate whether your lawyer has committed malpractice.
Obviously, this concept is not popular with lawyers. But to be fair, lawyers who mess up should be held personally responsible for the wrongs they commit, just like doctors.