This is a decision of the Nebraska Court of Appeals reinstating a legal malpractice claim against a personal injury attorney even though the underlying case was settled.
The defendant attorney urged the client to accept a $45,000 settlement of a personal injury claim arising out of an auto accident. The plaintiff agreed to the proposed settlement, but then sued the lawyer for legal malpractice. The basis of her claim was essentially that the settlement was inadequate because she had suffered serious permanent injuries requiring medical expenses far exceeding the amount of the settlement.
The court explained: