A recent article in the Daily Business Journal discussed a law suit filed by several South Florida Personal injury firms against several other South Florida Personal Injury firms. The suit alleges that the rival firms employed non-attorney “runners” to solicit accident victims to sign up with their firms. The suit is for unfair and deceptive trade practices.
Using “runners” is both unethical and illegal. In fact, anyone engaged or aiding in the practice, including attorneys, is committing a third degree felony. That means you could face up to five years in prison. Furthermore, it is unethical for any Florida accident attorney to contact you directly, or through a third party, without your request for them to do the same.
What does this mean for accident victims in Orlando?
I wish I could tell you that this practice was limited to South Florida, but it is not. In fact, I would argue, based on the experience of having my own staff member be solicited by an accident runner, that this practice is wide-spread in Central Florida. What kind of credibility do you think these attorneys and/or the doctors their clients are treated by are going to have in court when the very beginning of their relationship was not only wrong, but illegal? The answer – NOT a good one!
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