The general answer is no. In a case that came before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the following seems to be the history of the case:
Malpractice in Underlying Case
Mr. Perreault’s wife died from cancer and he retained at attorney to determine if he had a case for wrongful death against the tobacco company. Although there was a sufficient medical report linking the death to the cigarettes, the attorney failed to advise Mr. Perreault to file suit and failed to explain why; he simply neglected the case.