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$2 Error Results in Indiana Legal Malpractice

Steve Wagner

The Indiana Lawyer recently discussed a negligence claim which could be thrown out of court after a $2 filing fee error. The auto accident case was filed in 2010 with a $137 fee, but the actual fee was $139. The plaintiff was notified of the error and mailed the $2 on the following day, and the court ruled that the suit would be treated as being timely filed.

The defendant’s attorney, however, has brought the case to the Indiana Court of Appeals since the complaint was not paid in full until after the statute of limitations ran out. Judge Terry Crone wrote for the appeals panel, “We reverse the ruling of the trial court and remand for further proceedings.”

Something as simple as a $2 filing fee error may lead to this auto accident victim not receiving justice for his personal injury claim. At Wagner Reese, we hold lawyers accountable to the highest legal standards. If an attorney does not file your claim in a timely manner, misses deadlines, or does not sue the proper party, we can pursue compensation on your behalf for legal negligence.

Make sure you hire an attorney with proven results in legal malpractice cases. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we know what it takes to represent our clients and close any loopholes to prevent your case from proceeding. Contact us for a free consultation with a legal malpractice lawyer.


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