“Two of my employees were involved in an auto accident that was not their fault. They were about to hire an out-of-town law firm that advertises heavily on television because the attorney in the commercials is a big fan of the same football team as they are!
“I told them that’s not a sound basis to retain a lawyer, and to stay local as our town has many good attorneys. Also, I had them read your December 2020 article, “Could Your Lawyer Have Cheated You on Your Bill?” which described illegal charges — theft — by a TV-advertising, personal injury law firm hundreds of miles away from where your reader lived.
“But they would not listen to me, hired them despite horrible Yelp reviews, and now have large unpaid medical bills! Dennis, an article explaining why it is a good idea to hire a lawyer who actually lives in your town would help a lot of people.”
‘Fight for You Rights’ TV Commercials
We’ve all seen television ads for personal injury and workers’ compensation law firms that say things like, “We fight for your rights!” What they do not tell you is that hiring one could be the worst legal mistake of your life.
The California State Bar is investigating the fraudulent billing practices of the law firm in my December 2020 article — and it is one of many law firms I am aware of that illegally charge for expenses that the lawyers never incur.
So, Why Stay Local?
I spoke with Bakersfield attorney David Cohn, in practice over 40 years, and considered one of the most accomplished personal injury trial attorneys in the United States. He outlined the risks in hiring a lawyer based on snazzy television commercials.
“In so many instances, the TV ads make it look like the lawyer is local, but that’s deceiving. Many are personal injury mills with a local phone number, and even a local office address. But drop in and you will never find an attorney. You will almost never meet the lawyer in person, only office staff.
“So, you see their commercial, phone, over comes an investigator who signs you up, and immediately they send you to their out-of-town doctors just to build up huge, unnecessary medical bills in the hopes of a large settlement, which seldom occurs. And, you could be left with unpaid bills. I see this often.” Cohn points out, adding:
“When their dissatisfied clients come to us, we often find medical bills that are 10 times what is normal! Clients have no idea what they have gotten themselves into.”
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