Negligence is any conduct that falls below the set standard of care that a reasonable, prudent person would have utilized in the same situation. The legal duty that brokers owe to investors is a standard duty of care that includes due diligence and operating in good faith.
To be held liable for negligence, it is not necessary for the broker to have intended the consequences of the negligent act. If a reasonable, prudent person would have foreseen the potential for the consequences arising out of such an act and taken reasonable steps to prevent such consequences from occurring, the act can be deemed a negligent one.
Due to the immense trust investors place in brokers and securities advisors, these professionals owe their clients a heightened standard of care in maintaining and monitoring their accounts. If this standard of care is violated, investors may suffer significant losses due to a broker's negligence.
Broker Negligence Comes in Many Forms.
In a stockbroker misconduct case, your investment fraud attorney will be required to show that your broker's actions fell below the standard of care. The following are examples of possible negligence:
- Your broker recommended an investment to you that a reasonable, prudent financial advisor would not have recommended given your investment objectives.
- Your broker failed to monitor and maintain your accounts to prevent adverse consequences from taking place and you suffered financial loss as a result.
Broker negligence claims are different from other legal cases and almost always require mandatory securities arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Not every lawyer is equipped to represent broker negligence cases, so you need to be cautious in your selection of a law firm.
Enlist an Investment Fraud Attorney from Meyer Wilson
If you have suffered financial loss due to the negligence of a broker, securities advisor or brokerage firm, skilled and experienced securities litigation attorneys may have the ability to recover your assets. Meyer Wilson investment loss lawyers collectively possess over five decades of experience helping victims of broker fraud, and in our history have helped nearly a thousand clients successfully recover hundreds of millions of dollars. Our aggressive pursuit of claims on behalf of investor fraud victims resulted in over $350 million returned to our clients.
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