Every human being is capable of error: house painters, schoolteachers, doctors and lawyers. When those mistakes are made in the course of ones professional work, however, there needs to be accountability. A painter may be asked to redo a job, and a teacher may be reprimanded. When doctors neglect to meet a standard of care they can be sued for malpractice.
Lawyers, too, can be sued for failing to meet the professional standards expected of them on behalf of their clients. Though so-called legal malpractice attorneys pursue these cases, legal malpractice falls under personal injury law. Therefore, any legal malpractice attorney is, by definition, a personal injury lawyer but not every personal injury lawyer specializes in legal malpractice.
An attorneys mistakes can have huge consequences in both criminal and civil cases. Those mistakes generally fall under attorney negligence or unethical behavior, and include the following: