A NJ resident who was working in Mass dies in a car accident. The Mass hospital had a giant lien. Through a long string of circumstances it ends up suing the NJ attorney representing the estate and the father. The NJ principal of legal malpractice law? “There is no dispute about the facts bearing on Goldberger’s breach of duty, consisting of his correspondence with Kent and his conduct in settling the workers’ compensation case without notice to Kent, the attorney for the Medical Providers. An attorney owes a duty of care to non-clients when the attorney knows, or should know, that the non-client will rely on the attorney’s representations and the non-client is not too remote from the attorney to be entitled to protection. Petrillo v. Bachenberg, 139 N.J. 472, 485 (1995).”
Here’s the entire case:UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC., and UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS GROUP PRACTICE, v.
ALLEN S. GOLDBERGER, ESQ. and GOLDBERGER, SELIGSHON & SHINROD, P.A.,