Professional Negligence and Malpractice

When the advice or service of a professional causes harm

Whenever you seek the services or advice of any kind of professional, whether from medical doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, accountants, architects, and even nursing home or assisted living care facilities, you are relying on these professionals to provide you with best practice advice and to take care of the matter you have entrusted to them.  When the profession’s prescribed standard of care is not adhered to by the professional, very serious injury and damages can occur. If you or a loved one has been injured physically or monetarily under these circumstances, the lawyers at DeMent Askew & Johnson can help.

The consequences of professional negligence, also known as malpractice, can be serious.  Damages, the legal term for many kinds of loss, from professional negligence might include acute and ongoing financial losses, physical injury and suffering, medical expense, damage to property, and can even result in the loss of life.  If you have suffered damages due to the negligence of a professional whose services you’ve retained, you may be entitled to recover damages and be made whole for all your losses. We are professional negligence lawyers. We can evaluate your malpractice matter and provide the kind of guidance you need to navigate complex questions surrounding whether the standard of care has been met in your particular and unique situation. At DeMent Askew & Johnson, we have been representing clients in professional negligence cases for over 40 years.  Our litigators handle all types of professional negligence cases including but not limited to the following:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Professional Negligence

While claims of professional negligence can be complicated, our professional negligence group has the resources to evaluate claims in all areas of professional malpractice.  We have established extensive familiarity with the standards of care required of a broad range of professions. Over decades of practice, we have developed a network of the most knowledgeable experts and respected consultants required to show where standards of care have not been met.

Every professional is required to carry malpractice insurance for claims just like yours. While we always aggressively negotiate to bring matters efficiently to a successful resolution, we are first and foremost trial attorneys, unhampered or afraid to hold professionals accountable when they fail to meet their own professional standards. Speak to a lawyer at DeMent Askew & Johnson today. Consultations are free. Call 919-833-5555.


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Raleigh, NC 27601-2950


Long-time Sales Associate at Plumbing and HVAC Supply Company Receives Confidential Settlement as a Result of Medical Malpractice

July 11, 2016

DeMent Askew & Johnson’s client was in his yard filling a birdfeeder with birdseed when he fell and twisted his left leg in an awkward position. He immediately heard a crack and saw that his left ankle was turned in an awkward position. His wife called 911. EMS arrived and transported him to a local…

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North Carolina Crime Lab Firearms Examiner Wins 9 Million Dollar Verdict in 3 ½ Week Long Libel Jury Trial Against the News and Observer

October 14, 2016

9 Million Dollar Verdict is Top Verdict in North Carolina for 2016 as Reported by Lawyers Weekly! Attorney: James Johnson, Dement Askew Date of Verdict: October 2016 In 2006, North Carolina expert firearms examiner Beth Desmond was asked to examine some bullet fragments and shell casings from a homicide crime scene. The incident occurred in…

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Man Moving from Georgia to West Virginia to be Closer to Family Hit by 18-Wheeler in North Carolina Receives $140,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation

January 14, 2019

Mr. Johnson’s client was driving a Dodge pick-up truck northeasterly on the on-ramp for traffic exiting off of I-485 and onto I-77 north in Charlotte. He was in the process of moving from Georgia to West Virginia and was pulling a U-Haul trailer. He had a full load in the bed of his truck. One…

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Nurse at Local Hospital Involved in Automobile Collision Receives $300,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation

February 11, 2019

Mr. Johnson’s client was driving north on Capital Blvd., approaching the intersection with Wake Union Church Road. The Defendant was driving south on Capital Blvd in a large SUV owned by a local landscaping company. As our client approached the intersection, the traffic light for her direction of traffic was emitting a steady green light.…

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Part-Time Student and Restaurant Worker Attacked by Two Pit Bulls While Mowing Grass Receives $101,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation Including Separate Lawsuit Regarding Insurance Coverage

February 11, 2019

On a summer afternoon, Mr. Johnson’s client was mowing the lawn at the residence of a friend house in Raleigh. The property line running along the back of where he was mowing the lawn runs alongside and is adjacent to the back of the yard of a house which was being kept two Pit Bull…

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February 12, 2019

In a unanimous opinion filed on December 18, 2018, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel affirmed the $6.12 Million Dollar jury verdict Mr. Johnson and associate Chynna Smith won on behalf of their client, a former state firearms examiner, Beth Desmond, in her libel case against the Raleigh News & Observer and reporter Mandy Locke.…

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Estate of Elderly Mother of Three That Suffered Through Negligent Care at a Nursing Home Resulting in Death Receives Large Confidential Settlement

November 14, 2016

The deceased was a resident of a North Carolina nursing home. She had recently been sent to a local hospital for an unrelated illness and was recovering well from this prior illness. During this recovery period, she developed an ulcerous wound in and around her sacrum. The nursing home staff failed to timely detect the…

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Single Mother on Her Way to Work Hit by Pick-Up Truck Running a Red Light Receives $122,500.00 Settlement Just Before Trial

September 14, 2015

DeMent Askew & Johnson’s client was driving south on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh on her way to work. She was approaching the intersection with Centennial Parkway and was intending to travel straight through the intersection. At the same time, the Defendant was driving a large pick-up truck traveling in a northerly direction on Lake…

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Stroke Victim Resident of a Nursing Home that Was Raped by Co-Resident Receives Large Confidential Settlement

October 11, 2015

DeMent Askew’s client had suffered a stroke years ago. She could not speak as a result of the stroke, and she was also confined to a wheelchair. However, she was still very sharp mentally. She was residing in a nursing home because of her physical limitations. One day, a new resident appeared in the nursing…

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