BTG Files Legal Malpractice Lawsuit Against Law Firm Ogle, Elrod and Baril
The Business Trial Group has filed a legal malpractice lawsuit against a Tennessee personal injury firm that allegedly failed to file a client’s case within the statute of limitations period.
Our client was severely injured in a truck accident and hired Ogle, Elrod, and Baril to handle his case. The law firm, however, failed to timely file suit against the owner and driver of the tractor-trailer, according to the legal malpractice lawsuit filed in Knox County, Tennessee.
Attorneys are expected to perform legal services with an appropriate degree of care, skill, and diligence. When they fail to do so, and damages result, this could be grounds for legal action. The Business Trial Group represents victims of attorney errors on a contingency-fee basis. Learn how we can help right the wrongs of another law firm during a free case review.
Lawsuit Alleges That Ogle, Elrod, and Baril Was Negligent
In July 2016, our client was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer on Tennessee State Road 385. He suffered severe injuries that included spinal compression fractures and bulging discs. The crash also caused the sternal wires from a previous open heart surgery to reopen, requiring revision surgery.
These injuries have resulted in extreme physical pain and suffering to our client, as well as a diminished capacity for enjoyment of life. He has incurred, and will continue to incur, substantial medical and therapeutic expenses, lost wages and reduced earning capacity because of the truck crash.
After his accident, our client hired the Knoxville-based law firm of Ogle, Elrod, and Baril to represent him in a personal injury lawsuit. Ogle, Elrod and Baril’s website (wreckintoacheck.com) promotes the firm as “experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyers” who “diligently pursue full compensation against all negligent parties.”
Tennessee’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is one year. The Complaint alleges that in December 2017—approximately six months after the filing deadline had lapsed—OEB contacted our client and informed him that they failed to file his case on time. This led to our client hiring the Business Trial Group to file a professional malpractice claim against OEB.
The lawsuit states that the truck accident claim would have led to a significant monetary recovery for our client had OEB “filed and prosecuted the action with the requisite skill, diligence, and care.”
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Study: Law Firm Malpractice Claims Stabilizing, But Still High
A survey by insurance broker Ames & Gough found that law firm malpractice claims have stabilized, but remain well above levels preceding the 2007 – 2009 recession.
The top source of malpractice claims is a conflict of interest, says Ames & Gough. And compared to previous years, 2016 saw more cyber-related claims.
Individual practice areas with the most legal malpractice claims were business transactions, securities, and trusts and estates. Nevertheless, attorney errors and malpractice claims can result in all areas of the law.
Contingency-Fee Attorney Malpractice Lawyers
Clients may be hesitant to file an attorney malpractice claim after another law firm’s legal mistakes already caused them financial setbacks. With our contingency-fee model, however, our clients do not have to worry about further investing in legal services that provide a negative return on investment. The Business Trial Group charges no upfront fees, and if we do not win your case, you pay nothing.
The Business Trial Group has a history of helping clients recover losses in all types of legal malpractice lawsuits. To get back on track following attorney errors, contact the Business Trial Group for a complimentary case evaluation.