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Legal Malpractice Suit Goes to Deliberation

A man’s legal malpractice suit against a law firm and one of its former attorneys went to jury deliberation after a trial that has featured a parade of legal and medical experts that lasted over three weeks. The issue in the trial is whether the lawyer inappropriately accepted a $15,000 settlement offer from the University of Maryland Medical System on the patient’s behalf, three years after the man nearly drowned in a break boating accident on the Susquehanna River. The man suffers from peripheral neuropathy and other ailments and has not worked for the past five years. He claims that his ailments are a result of doctors releasing him too soon which caused subsequent renal failure and heart problems. The lawyer testified that it was up to the client to decide whether to accept the offer or file a claim. To read the full story, click here.