This case involves an individual who suffered monetary harm as a result of alleged legal malpractice. The individual had a prior confrontation with police in which he claimed he was assaulted. Ultimately, he was charged, but he intended to bring a civil claim against the police once the charges were settled. During the course of a discussion with his criminal defense lawyer, the lawyer advised him that a particular legal arrangement would not affect his potential civil litigation rights with respect to claiming against the police. He accepted the terms of the arrangement, only to learn later that the decision would significantly impede his ability to bring civil action.