Do Lawyers Chase Ambulances?

Posted on: February 22nd, 2016 by The Rodzik Law Group

Those who work in the legal profession are often scrutinized by the public and the media as being ruthless, cutthroat, and sometimes downright evil. Despite the fact that lawyers strive to protect the rights of people each and every day, they are often compared to sharks, especially those that work in the personal injury field. Auto accident attorney in Wilmington NC and all throughout the country are often called “ambulance chasers,” and in fact, the derogatory term has become so commonplace in our language that many people actually believe that attorneys chase after ambulances. But, that couldn’t be farther from the truth and here’s why.

Attorneys Must Adhere to the American Bar Association’s Model Rules for Professional Conduct

Unlike the dramatics often on display in your favorite legal television programs, attorneys have to follow strict rules regarding how and when they can contact potential clients. This code of ethics is outlined under the American Bar Association’s Model Rules for Professional Conduct, which reads:

A lawyer shall not by in-person, live telephone or real-time electronic contact solicit professional employment when a significant motive for the lawyer’s doing so is the lawyer’s pecuniary gain, unless the person contacted:

  1. 1.       is a lawyer; or
  1. has a family, close personal, or prior professional relationship with the lawyer

Therefore, the only time an attorney can legally ever chase after an ambulance is when he or she knows the person inside of it.

Personal Injury Law Isn’t as Lucrative as the Media Portrays

The media often portrays personal injury lawyers as rich older men who are always on the lookout for the next big payday. And, again, they are terribly wrong. Compared to other sectors of the law field, personal injury lawyers make up a very small percentage. And, those that work in the field usually take their cases based on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyer’s pay and how much they receive is based entirely on whether or not they win the case. To make matters even worse, many states put caps on the amount of damages a personal injury plaintiff can be awarded, thus also capping the attorney’s fees.

In addition, the majority of personal injury cases are brought to the attorney by the client. Attorneys do not chase after ambulances or harass injured parties to become clients. If you were recently injured in an auto accident, no attorney will contact you. If you want to file a claim, you will have to contact your attorney of choice on your own.

Injured in a Recent Accident? The Rodzik Law Group’s Auto Accident Attorney in Wilmington NC Can Help

If you were injured in a recent auto accident and you think you have a claim, contact The Rodzik Law Group’s auto accident attorney in Wilmington NC immediately. We can review your case, and if we determine your claim is valid, we can help you get the damages and justice you deserve. We are here to help you and we will fight on your behalf so you can recover with the peace of mind knowing that your best interests are always protected.

Auto accident cases are time sensitive, so don’t delay. Call us today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a free consultation.

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