When someone is injured, they may hire a personal injury attorney to fight
on their behalf and uphold their best interests. However, some unscrupulous
lawyers care more about their wallets than about guiding you through this
stressful time. They may try to solicit you, or use third parties to solicit
you after an accident. This is often called ambulance chasing (legally
known as running and capping), and is strictly forbidden in the state
of Michigan. In fact, lawyers who are found guilty of illegal solicitation
may face criminal penalties.
- Up to $30,000 in fines for a first offense
- Up to $60,000 in fines for subsequent offenses
- Up to 1 year in jail for subsequent offenses
Attorneys will also face disciplinary actions from the State Bar of Michigan.
These penalties are harsh, and are intended to discourage ambulance chasing.
Personal injury attorneys must abide by strict guidelines when contacting
a potential client. They must not contact an accident victim in any way
for a minimum of 30 days following a motor vehicle accident. This includes
phone calls, emails, face-to-face interactions, and written communication.
Third parties working on behalf of a lawyer are also prohibited from contacting
a potential client for at least 30 days.
In addition, attorneys must wait for 30 days before requesting the accident
report to look up the victim’s contact information. These rules,
set forth in Michigan’s legislation, are designed to protect accident
victims from dishonest and crafty lawyers. These attorneys are usually
just in it for a quick paycheck, and will not provide the representation
you need to succeed.
If You Have Been Illegally Solicited After a Car Accident, You Should Take
By law, you have the responsibility to reach out and contact an attorney
after an accident, not the other way around. If you are visited at the
hospital or your home by an attorney who is trying to get your legal business,
or you receive a phone call or letter persuading you to hire a certain
lawyer within 30 days of the crash, this is breaking the law. You should
immediately contact law enforcement, as well as the Michigan Attorney
Grievance Commission, and give them the name, contact information, and
any details you know about the attorney.
We want you to be informed of your rights regarding ambulance chasing.
That is why our firm has produced a video discussing this issue. Check out our video
today to learn more.
Goodman Acker, P.C. Provides Compassionate Legal Assistance to Injured Clients
At Goodman Acker, P.C., we value honesty and integrity, and hold ourselves
to the highest ethical standards. Our
Detroit personal injury lawyers have guided numerous clients to successful outcomes in a variety of cases.
If you have been injured in a car accident or other type of accident,
we will tirelessly fight on your behalf as you seek justice from those
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