Accident Victims Beware!
The solicitation of accident victims by unscrupulous lawyers and doctors is illegal and subject to criminal prosecution. In addition, under the Code of Ethics that govern attorneys' behavior, lawyers are stricly forbidden from doing this. The penalty for this behavior can be disbarment. The solicitation of accident victims often occurs at accident scenes, hospitals and even at the victim's own home. The people hired by doctors and lawyers to solicit accident victims are known as "runners." Runners are so sly in their methods that accident victims don't even realize that they have been tricked into going to a medical facility or a lawyer and have become the subject of a runner's scam.
When these dirty doctors and lawyers get caught the accident victim's case can be destroyed. After all, who is going to believe them if their doctor or lawyer goes to jail? Moreover, the victims represented by these dirty lawyers will receive less settlement money. Medical facilities that pay runners to solicit victims represented by these dirty lawyers will receive less settlement money. Medical facilities that pay runners to solicity victims have an added expense that "clean" facilities don't have. They have to pay runners upwards of $2,000 for each accident victim they bring them. They recoup these costs by referring the victim to "their" lawyer and stealing it back from the victim's settlement monies at the end of the case.
HERE'S HOW THEY DO IT: Frequently, the victim's medical bill is more than what the insurance company will cover. In addition, sometimes medical facilities overbill their patients. After the case is settled, the doctors demand that the victim pay them from the victim's share of the settlement monies. This office does not "owe" any medical facilities anything for getting clients. We will fight hard to negotiate the bill down so that the client pays the doctor as little as possible. The law office that got the client as the result of a runner will not. Why? Because the lawyer is "in bed with the doctors." The client was referred to the lawyer by the medical facility and will greatly profit from that and future referrals.
THE FOLLOWING PORTRAYS SOME OF THESE SCAMS: