Don’t let a personal injury lawyer
buy your case!

If you asked your friend for the name of a doctor to fix your broken arm, would you want your friend to:

  • A.  Give you the name of the best orthopedic doctor they know,  or
  • B.  Give you the name of a doctor who paid your friend $5,000 to get your name?
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Of course you would want them to refer you to the best orthopedic doctor they know. In fact, if they told you to go to a doctor who paid them $5,000 to get your name, you would probably be highly suspicious of that doctor because the only reason he got your name was because he paid for it, not because he is a good doctor.

People with personal injury cases fall victim to this trap everyday.  Thousands of personal injury clients have their cases “sold” to lawyers every day, and they never even know it. How does that happen? I’ll tell you how…

Most lawyer referral services are not really lawyer referral services at all. Instead, they are “advertising call centers” that make themselves look like a law firm, take in telephone calls from people who are looking for a personal injury lawyer and then sell the calls to lawyers who pay for them.  These are well known “referral” companies that “sell” clients to the highest bidder. In my opinion, that is a very bad way to find  lawyer.  So how can you protect yourself?

When you contact a lawyer referral service ask them these important questions:

  • Are they actually licensed as a “certified lawyer referral service” by the California State Bar?
  • Are they owned and operated by lawyers, or are they really just an advertising company?
  • After they give you the name of a lawyer, will they stay involved and monitor the progress of your case until it is completed?
  • Do they have a 24/7  telephone hot line number so you can contact them at any time and speak with a lawyer?
  • Has the lawyer paid them a fee to get your call? (i.e. is that lawyer buying your call?)

Most unsuspecting consumers who need a personal injury lawyer call one of these well known companies simply because they feel a level of comfort after seeing their commercials so many times. But beware! Don’t let your personal injury case be sold to the highest bidder.

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