When Hiring an Attorney Beware of the “Ambulance Chaser” and the “Runner”


When you have an accident you need doctors and a lawyer who will be on your side.   Hiring an “ambulance chaser” or “runner” can destroy your case.

“Ambulance chasers” or ‘runners” solicit clients at accident scenes and hospitals.  They “refer” clients to either medical clinics or lawyers or both.  In many cases the “runner” will offer cash to the injured client as an inducement to use the “runner’s” doctors and lawyer.

The acceptance of money from a “runner” is illegal.  It is foolish to go to a doctor or lawyer recommended by a “chaser” because that doctor or lawyer most likely will be out of business.  In the past District Attorneys have cracked-down on medical and legal “runners”.   Doctors and lawyers have been arrested.  The net result is that clients’ cases and medical treatment are discredited.  Often, the insurance carrier or defendant will refuse any voluntary settlement on even a meritorious case. 

As a result, clients steered to phony doctors and lawyers end-up with no recovery. 

Do not get hurt twice.  Hire a reputable attorney and doctor.  Ask family and friends for recommendations.  Check credentials. 

If you have been injured in an accident, please call me at 800-851-1434 for a free consultation.  We are listed in the New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers, and we have the highest rating of “Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mark E. Seitelman,  4/16/09, www.seitelman.com.

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