Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Are All Accident Hotlines the Same?

Most people do not have the name and number of a skilled personal injury attorney on hand. Unless you have a lawyer in the family or have been involved in an accident in the past, you may be confused about who to call to help you seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses. You may not know whether to seek medical attention right away or to wait. Suddenly, you remember that you saw a billboard or a commercial promising accident victims $10,000 for calling 411-PAIN or 1-800-ASK-GARY. It seems like an easy solution to call one of these hotlines and simply follow their instructions.

The above is an experience of many people throughout Florida and unfortunately, the end result is often disappointing, to say the least. In fact, many car accident victims are left with lasting injuries, little compensation (if any), pain and suffering, and few options.

Be Wary of Hotline Ads

While we cannot speak about every accident hotline and whether they are all the same, the major ones such as 411-PAIN and 1-800-ASK-GARY have a lot in common. First, they are owned and operated by chiropractors. Yes, chiropractors are the ones promising that you will receive legal assistance following an accident. Because they are not lawyers, they are not subject to the same ethical rules and obligations as attorneys are when they practice in the state of Florida.

You may be wondering why a chiropractor would want to run a hotline for legal assistance after car accidents. The answer is simple - these hotlines direct auto accident victims to first visit their network of chiropractic clinics before they even meet with an attorney. The chiropractors then lock them into a treatment plan at the clinic to ensure that the network will get the proceeds of any insurance claims.

When you finally meet with the lawyer assigned to your case, it may be at the chiropractic clinic. You do not get to choose the lawyer based on their experience handling car accident cases. Instead, you will be connected with an attorney who pays for a membership in the network. This means that their practice focus may not even be personal injury law or PIP insurance claims and they may not be the best choice for an attorney. The hotlines hope that you will not know better than to follow their instructions, which can result in an inadequate result for you.

Consult with a Dedicated St. Petersburg Auto Accident Attorney Today

When you are in an accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn. However, you should never think that calling an injury hotline will be an easy fix to your problems. Instead, you should take the time to find an experienced car accident lawyer who has specific experience handling PIP claims and personal injury lawsuits. At Dolman Law Group, we are always straightforward about your options and the legal process. We will never pocket any money without your knowledge and we are completely transparent about our contingency fee arrangements. Please call to discuss your case for free at 727-222-6922.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922


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