Here is a report from the St. Claire Record about a legal malpractice case arising from a medical malpractice case, in which the defendant attorney was granted a change of venue and a new trial. For detalis, click here. The attorney, John Hopkins, was found to have deviated from good and accepted standards, but the appellate court found the verdict against the weight.
“The plaintiffs presented sufficient evidence that Hopkins breached the standard of care he owed to his client,” Judge Hopkins wrote.
“However, considering the particular circumstances in the present case, the plaintiffs failed to present sufficient evidence that but for Hopkins’ breach of the standard of care, the plaintiffs would have received an amount in excess of $200,000 for their wrongful-death-of-a-minor claim, properly filed in Alexander County.
“We therefore find that the jury’s verdict was contrary to the manifest weight of the evidence and that the circuit court should have granted a new trial.”