When you engage a professional to render services, such as a physician, architect, engineer, accountant or attorney, you are entitled to receive reasonable representation that comports with the standards of the particular profession. A claim for professional malpractice, however, is unlike a claim for simple negligence in that a plaintiff in such a case is required to demonstrate that the professional’s conduct fell below the standard of care within the profession. This can only be established through the use of expert witness testimony by someone in the same profession. For example, if one is filing a lawsuit against an architect for a poorly designed home, it would be necessary to obtain the testimony of another architect who will confirm that the design fell below the standard of care for architects in Hawaii. The same would apply in a claim for professional malpractice against a physician, engineer, accountant, or attorney.
If you have a claim for professional malpractice and would like to discuss your rights and options, please contact us for a free consultation so that we can determine the best way to help you protect your interests.