I’VE BEEN CONTACTED BY SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO KNOW MY FAMILY AND WANTS TO CALL A SPECIFIC LAWYER. SHOULD I TRUST THIS INDIVIDUAL?
No. It would be a huge mistake to trust a stranger with what could easily be one of the most important decisions your family ever makes.
The fact is, some unethical personal injury lawyers hire “case runners” or “gophers” to hang around hospitals or scan through publicly available accident reports. These gophers will then contact the families of people who have been injured in an effort to sign up clients for the lawyer who pays them. The contact may be face-to-face or over the telephone. You may receive a card in your mailbox or a letter. You may receive a text message or a Facebook post. Sometimes these gophers will even show up in person at an injured person’s hospital room.
This type of activity is illegal in Alabama. It is also disgraceful to the practice of law. The vast majority of lawyers and law firms that use “case runners” or “gophers” are settlement factories that rely on a high volume of cases that can be quickly settled, even if the settlement amount is far less than the true value of the case.
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