Asking Tom, Dick, or Harry might be asking for trouble…

Radio jingles might make the first call you make a bigger accident than your car accident.  The Florida Legislature, Florida Bar, and local news agencies have been uncovering the less savory side of popular Florida lawyer referral services.

Don’t let that call be a big mistake

These services advertise lawyer and medical referral, but some serious conflicts of interest have caused some accident victims big headaches.  Take the story of Jazzmil Rodriguez, reported by Orlando news affiliate, WKMG Local 6.  She called a lawyer referral service after an accident and was referred to a chiropractor and lawyer.

Unfortunately, the lawyer advised her to get treatments for months and did not inform her of the policy limits of the at-fault driver.  In the end, she racked up $15,000 in medical bills and was left owing $5,000 out of her own pocket.  (The other driver only had the minimum PIP insurance, which provides only $10,000 to cover her medical bills.)  This is just another reminder of the value of getting uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to your own policy, as well.

Another major lawyer referral service has also received attention from investigators for deceptive advertising and unethical referral practices, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  Referrals can be a great resource when looking for an attorney or doctor.  But referrals should be based on the professional’s experience and performance, not just a catchy ad or jingle.

When you are injured in an accident, call a lawyer who will see you through and ensure that you receive the professional attention you deserve.  Call Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes to discuss the facts of your case and learn your rights.

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