A LAWYER SHOWED UP AT MY HOSPITAL ROOM, CLAIMING TO BE SENT BY A FRIEND. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Most of us have heard the phrase “ambulance chaser.” It is used negatively for a reason. It is unethical for a lawyer to directly contact a person who has been injured.
Sometimes these lawyers or their law firm will mail you a “solicitation letter” in which they indicate they are ready to represent you. There is a firm in Alabama who supposedly obtains traffic accident reports for every crash in the State and then sends a solicitation letter to every person involved in each car crash.
Sometimes these lawyers may send someone to contact you on their behalf. The person may pose as a “friend” or a “friend of a friend.” Again, this type of activity is illegal in Alabama. It gives the legal profession a bad reputation, and rightfully so. There are actually still some plaintiff lawyers and plaintiff law firms who deeply believe in protecting the rights of injured people. But there are other plaintiff lawyers who only believe in making a quick buck.