In the quickly evolving field of lawyer malpractice, one area that seems to get less attention than others is compensable damages. The question is: What types of damages can a client legitimately expect to be awarded as a result of his or her lawyer’s substandard handling of a mater?
New Jersey courts have been willing to push the envelope in this area, but Pennsylvania has been less bold–until now. Recently, Pennsylvania has seen an important appellate decision —Coleman v. Duane Morris, relating to how much a legal malpractice plaintiff can recover from a former negligent attorney. Has Pennsylvania now become more closely aligned with New Jersey’s approach?