How do I know if professional malpractice has occurred?

Many professionals such as doctors, lawyers or architects are held to certain standards for the quality of work provided to their clients or patients. If these professional standards are not met for the work provided, then a claim of malpractice may be brought against the professional. 

In many cases of professional malpractice, the claims may be settled through contract negotiations, but in some cases, such as sub-standard work, a personal injury claim is most appropriate.

The professional services were provided in Colorado, do I need to file in Colorado?

Because most malpractice claims arise from state law, the claim will be pursued in the state where the professional work was performed.  Regardless of where you are now, if your professional malpractice occurred in Colorado, the malpractice claim will need to be filed in Colorado.

How long do I have to file a professional malpractice lawsuit?

Lawsuits for Colorado professional malpractice must be filed within two years of the malpractice; this is the statute of limitations for professional malpractice lawsuits in Colorado.  Read more about time limits.

What professional malpractice results in lawsuits?

Any professional who fails to meet professional standards for the work performed may be sued for malpractice, but the most common types of claims arise from medical malpractice and legal malpractice. Medical malpractice may occur anytime a health care provider provides treatment or care that falls below the recognized standard of care.  Medical malpractice hurts patients in hospitals, doctor’s offices and nursing homes and includes misdiagnosis and failure to diagnosis, as well as substandard care. Read more medical malpractice.


Legal malpractice is committed by a lawyer for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, or breach of contract in the representation of a client.  To provide the basis for a lawsuit, the client must show that the attorney's acts were not merely the result of poor strategy or judgment, but that the professional was substandard to that which would be provided by a reasonable attorney.  Read more legal malpractice.