LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney John Joseph Uustal | Sep 12, 2011

Ambulance Chasers Suck: Part Three

Continued from Ambulance Chasers Suck: Part Two

Finding a real trial attorney won't be easy, but it’s critically important. You’re in serious trouble if you end up with an ambulance chaser. In real cases the difference between an amblance chaser and a real trial attorney is simply stunning. Let’s look at one such case.

STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINE

The Nyssa L. Case

Nyssa L.’s former attorneys told her that her case was only worth ten thousand dollars. She fired them, and luckily found a real trial attorney to represent her. A year later a Jury heard the facts and arguments presented by her new attorneys and found that Nyssa was entitled to $571,157 for the injuries she suffered in her accident.

When the accident happened Nyssa was eighteen years old and working as a hostess at the Cheesecake Factory. She went to school at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale. While riding her bike in a crosswalk at an intersection she was struck and thrown to the pavement by the defendant driver in a full size pick-up truck. That driver had been trying to make a left turn at the light. The defendant driver and the company that owned the truck maintained that she simply fell off the bike and that the truck never struck her.

Knowing that her collision was real, and more importantly that her injuries were real, Nyssa fired her first lawyers and hired a real trial attorney who devoted hundreds of hours to the case.

The key was finally getting the defendant to admit that its truck had hit her. Faced with the evidence that the real trial attorney had collected, the defendant finally admitted fault at trial. The attorney was then able to focus the case on Nyssa’s injuries, two lumbar disk herniations and a third bulging disk. He proved to the jury that the injuries were real and that she would suffer for the rest of her life.

Instead of settling for $10,000 with her first lawyer she was able to collect over a half million dollars. Her injuries will affect her for the rest of her life. They will affect her work, her pay, and what jobs she can take. Her injuries will prevent her from playing sports, and as she gets older the pain and limitations will grow worse. She will have medical bills for the rest of her life. Her case was worth over a half million dollars. Her first lawyer told her to settle for $10,000.

The stakes are that high.

You must do everything you can to find a real trial attorney. You’ll find out how in the last section.

The Evolution of the Ambulance Chaser

The railroad companies invented the idea of ambulance chasers back in the nineteenth century. They sent out railroad detectives to quickly find the people injured by railroad crashes and other railroad negligence. These detectives carried guns and cash, and they pressured the victims into signing away their rights for next to nothing.

Those railroad detectives were ambulance chasers who got paid to take advantage of injured victims, and the massive railroad companies were the big winners. But at least those detectives admitted that they worked for the railroad company.

Today the massive corporations and big insurance companies have outsourced their ambulance chasing. Some lawyers have become ambulance chasers who get paid when they take advantage of injured victims, and the insurance companies are the big winners. But these ambulance chasing lawyers never admit that they are not working for the best interest of their clients.

The ambulance chasing lawyers benefit, the people who advertise and find clients for the lawyers benefit, and the insurance companies are the big winners. Everyone benefits except the injured victim, and, often, the victim has no idea.

So how does modern ambulance chasing work?

Ambulance chasing lawyers target you from the moment you get injured, just when you are most vulnerable. They will seek you out. They will target you through television, through radio, through doctors and chiropractors, through nurses, through a vast network of agents who will benefit from your tragedy.

It’s important to remember that not all lawyers who advertise are ambulance chasers. And that nurse who gives you the name of a lawyer may be doing you a favor instead of getting a kickback. So you need to have the tools to identify ambulance chasers.

Continue reading Ambulance Chasers Suck: Part Four for more information on how modern ambulance chasing works and how to protect yourself.

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