All professionals are required by law to make sure their work meets certain standards. If a professional is careless or negligent in the work they perform and that negligence has a damaging impact on your life, you are entitled to seek financial restitution.
Professional liability can take almost as many forms as there are professions. An undertrained stockbroker whose decisions led to a financial disaster for his client may be guilty of professional malpractice. So might an architect whose flawed plans resulted in a faulty structure. Insurance broker malpractice represents yet another type of professional liability when individuals learn they do not have the coverage they purchased.
Although the most common type of professional malpractice normally involves negligence by medical personnel, other professionals, from lawyers to professors, to pharmacists and dentists, are held to a high standard of care, and may be liable for failing to meet the expected degree of care.