Tip of the Month

Tip for June 2011

Protect Against Human Error

Even in this age of risk management, lawyers and their staffs continue to make errors that cause claims.  Usually these errors are the result of haste or carelessness. The date of the expiration of the statute of limitations is not entered correctly, or it is not checked against records that are acquired by the firm to make sure that the correct date has been entered. Even if a firm is actively pursuing pre-suit settlement, it is important to keep an eye on the statute of limitations. Errors in drafting contracts, settlement agreements, court orders or judgments are all common. Saving a little time in drafting such a document without double-checking the work and comparing it to your notes or a transcript can result in trying to correct the error later, or defending against a malpractice claim based on that error. Take the time to double-check your work to avoid the kinds of human errors that are most avoidable.