Here is a toothsome [sorry] case in which dentists, turned lawyers are now accused of legal malpractice in a dental malpractice case.
Their mistake? Not asserting loss of income in the BP. The result? A pain and suffering verdict of $ 260,000 but nothing for loss of income. From the New York Law Journal:
"A jury should determine if two lawyers who are also dentists committed legal malpractice in a case brought against another dentist, a federal judge has ruled.
Southern District Judge Gerard Lynch held that attorneys Marc Leffler and David J. Sokol, who are both qualified dentists, are not entitled to summary judgment in a suit alleging they failed to include in a bill of particulars a client’s claim for hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost earnings"
"The judge said there is "a genuine issue of fact as to whether Diamond would have been foreclosed at the point of Leffler’s departure from being able to pursue lost earnings and future medical expenses by amending her claims."
"Michael Furman and Andrew R. Jones of Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan represented Mr. Sokol.
William T. McCaffrey of L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini in Garden City represented Mr. Leffler and his former firm, Leffler & Kates."