As in any profession, there are those who give others a bad name. For those who practice personal injury law, it's the unscrupulous attorneys who improperly and aggressively solicit the representation of victims of major accidents.
In 2008, before the dust even settled from the Metrolink Train 111 crash, some attorneys found the names of victims and pursued them right away, even going into hospitals looking for potential clients- a practice that is illegal in California.
"Any unsolicited contact with a potential client, either in person or by telephone (and perhaps even by mail), by an attorney or someone acting on his or her behalf is both illegal and unethical," warned the California State Bar's chief trial counsel, Scott J. Drexel, in a letter to area hospitals.
He also cautioned potential claimants against agreeing to unsolicited representation or quick settlements, as many victims and families may not be thinking clearly in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy.
If you need a reputable attorney, look for one the same way you would a good doctor or dentist- ask for recommendations from trusted friends or associates. Here at Berglund & Johnson, we are thankful that many of our referrals come from past clients, other practicing attorneys, judges and church pastors.