Have you ever received a call from an attorney or someone representing
an attorney after you were involved in an injury-related accident? These
callers are what other legal professionals call "ambulance chasers"
or "runners", and the practice of soliciting a personal injury
case in this way is against
Georgia State Bar rules and Georgia state laws.
We are Jones & Swanson are all too familiar with "ambulance
chaser" or "runner" cases. We are often contacted by Georgians
who had heard from these law firms prior to contacting us. They reported
being called a few days after an auto accident or after a loved one passed
away due to negligence. The caller promised unrealistic results, and in
some instances even offered to pay the victims, in order to gain their
business. These soliciting attorneys' offices are typically not well-known
or well-practiced in their respective legal fields, which typically leads
to cases being damaged beyond salvage. At the very least, cases represented
by "ambulance chasers" would have yielded much more compensation
to the victims if a more respected and experienced attorney had represented
them. And it's not just legal professionals that engage in these unethical
practices. Numerous medical clinics and chiropractic offices have been
reported to use these solicitation practices to gain patients as well.
The current regulations for this type of solicitation are not nearly strict
enough. Fortunately, Georgia legislature enacted a statute this year to
make second offenses a felony. HB 828 was passed on March 20
th and is now awaiting Governor Deal's signature. This new law may not
be perfect, but it is much more likely to decrease the number of "runners"
personal injury victims in Georgia. We are supporters of this law and hope that it goes into effect
soon because in reality the people who are being hurt most by these practices
are innocent Georgians.
If you are currently being represented by a law firm that contacted you
after a loved one died or after you were injured in some way due to another
person's fault, call our office today to find out what steps that
you should take next. Not only will we provide suggestions to you, but
we will report that unethical activity to the State Bar of Georgia on
your behalf if you so choose. They should not be allowed to victimize
others in the same ways that they did you. For more information on "ambulance
chasers" or the potential new Georgia law, call
(770) 427-5498 and speak with
Attorney Andrew Jones. He has been representing victims in numerous types of injury claims for
over 21 years, so he is very familiar with Georgia law and legal representation.