Protecting Consumers’ Rights in South Florida
Reasonably, consumers expect professionals to possess the education, training and licensure to perform important services and act within prescribed ethical and occupational guidelines. In most cases, professionals serve their clients according to these standards. When they do not, their clients may face serious financial, business or legal consequences.
The Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. regularly represents clients who have sustained damages because of mistakes or misconduct by professionals. Our malpractice lawyers hold professionals to the same high standards we set for ourselves. We diligently protect your rights when a professional acts in a manner that is inconsistent with your best interests either intentionally or negligently. We have the technical knowledge to handle claims against members of many professions, including:
- Real estate brokers
- Real estate agents
- Insurance companies
Claims of Professional Misconduct and Mistake
Simply feeling dissatisfied with the results is not enough to pursue a remedy before a professional body or in the Florida courts. Even a costly mistake made by a professional may not rise to the level of a cause of action or a successful grievance complaint. Professional misconduct might include such actions as:
- Disclosing confidential information
- Engaging in an activity that is a conflict of interest
- Mingling trust funds with general business bank account funds
- Failing to provide clients with material information
- Breaching contractual terms
- Failing to act with due care
- Missing an important deadline
Our attorneys provide candid advice about your options and potential for recovery if you have suffered harm because of these types of inappropriate professional behavior.
Grievances for Professional Misconduct
Professional conduct is governed by each profession’s licensing body. For example, Florida lawyers must possess the qualifications and follow the rules of conduct prescribed by the Florida Bar Association. Likewise, the Florida Board of Professional Engineers oversees the licensure of engineers in the state. Certified public accountants (CPA) are also subject to rigorous licensing requirements and ethical standards.
Each professional body has procedures in place for reviewing grievance complaints made by unhappy clients. If you are unfamiliar with the process, you may not get the relief you are seeking. Our attorneys guide you through each step to make sure your voice is heard and help you obtain the remedies you are entitled to.
Lawsuits Against Professionals
Although filing a grievance complaint can sometimes help you reach justice, you may need to file a lawsuit against the professional in order to recover your rightful damages. Our attorneys review your claim to determine if you have a viable cause of action against the professional and strategize the best means for achieving justice. Oftentimes, we can successfully resolve your issues through negotiations or administrative hearings for more expeditious, cost-effective results.
Holding Professionals Accountable for the Services Provided
Professionals have a duty to perform knowledgeable, ethical services that protect your best interests. The Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. holds professionals to this high standard. If you suffered damages because of professional misconduct or mistake, our attorneys can help you recover your rightful damages. Call our Fort Lauderdale professional malpractice law firm at (954) 462-8340 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.