A car accident can happen to anyone, even the safest of drivers. Even a minor fender bender can be scary, but if you’ve been hurt as a result, it can be a really chaotic and traumatic time, seeking medical treatment, and figuring out how you’re going to get compensated for all the expenses involved in the accident.
What you don’t need is to get a phone call, out of the blue, from a personal injury attorney who you’ve never heard of prior to your accident. These types of unsolicited contacts from attorneys are referred to as “cold calls” and, not only are they unethical, but they’re prohibited according to standards set by the American Bar Association as well as the California Bar Association. The maximum penalty? Disbarment.
If you have been contacted by an attorney after an accident by phone, email, or other type of communication, you should exercise a lot of caution. More than likely, that personal injury attorney did not acquire your contact information through legal channels. And even if they did come by your information in a lawful way, it’s still unethical.
Do you even need an attorney?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and have sustained injuries as a result, it is in your best interest to consult a personal injury attorney who is experienced at handling these types of cases. Why? To help you maximize the compensation you’re going to receive, or to defend you if you’re the one at fault.
You may be able to secure compensation for your losses if your injuries were the result of another driver’s negligence. By making a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost income from missing work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Talking to a trusted lawyer
If you’re contacted by an attorney after an accident, and if that contact is unsolicited, you should end any and all communication at once because you could become the unwitting victim of a scam artist claiming to be an attorney. Never provide any personal information or any kind of payment information for legal services during a “cold call.”
After a car accident in which you’ve been injured, you’re going to need an attorney who is experienced and committed to providing ethical, honest representation to all of their clients.
Robert F. Brennan, serious personal injury attorney in California, has an excellent track record when it comes to fighting against insurance companies to get you just and fair compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Robert F. Brennan to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.