Professionals have a duty to exercise the standard of care required by their profession. When a professional breaches his or her duty, he or she is liable for the client’s economic injuries.
When an attorney commits an error, it is the client who suffers. The most common error committed by attorneys is missing a filing deadline, which results in the dismissal of the client’s case. Clients also may suffer financial harm when they receive erroneous legal advice from their attorney, such as being advised to reject a favorable settlement.
Due to his strong commitment to professional ethics, Stewart A. Sutton represents clients in legal malpractice cases against their former attorneys. Other attorneys frequently refer legal malpractice cases to Mr. Sutton.
Stewart A. Sutton also represents clients in fee dispute cases in which attorneys have overcharged clients. When billing by the hour, attorneys often perform unnecessary work or submit invoices that do not describe the nature of the legal services that were performed. In contingency fee cases, attorneys often demand excessive compensation on routine cases where liability, causation, and/or damages are not disputed.
Stewart A. Sutton has obtained judgments and settlements in numerous legal malpractice cases throughout Maryland.
Real Estate Agent Malpractice
Real estate agents often commit egregious errors relating to their representation of a client who is either buying or selling a home. In one of Stewart A. Sutton’s cases, he represented first-time home buyers who, as a result of their real agent’s incompetence, had entered into a contract to buy a home from a person who was not the record owner of the property. In another case, a real estate agent had a client enter into a contract to sell land that the client did not own.
When an accountant commits an error, it is the client who suffers. The most common error committed by accountants is missing a filing deadline, which causes the client to incur interest and penalties. Clients also may suffer financial harm when they receive erroneous tax advice from their accountant.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional’s negligent acts or omissions causes a patient to suffer harm. Physicians often fail to properly diagnose a treatable condition and the resulting delay in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition can have dire consequences.
Stewart A. Sutton has successfully represented minors and adults who have been harmed at psychiatric and medical hospitals in Maryland.