What Are Ambulance Chasers? Are All Injury Attorneys The Same?
During the 2008 Presidential Primary, democratic hopeful John Edwards received attention and condemnation in the press for his expensive lavish haircuts. The man and his campaign paid at least $400.00 per trim not including travel expenses for the stylists. The kerfuffle was used as a pointed example by Mr. Edwards’s critics that the longtime lawyer was very different from the average American. Mr. Edwards’s own biography states that he made his career and fortune litigating against the insurance industry. During the campaign, the former senator was labeled and Ambulance Chaser.
The jokes and the stories abound about lawyers like John Edwards, who supposedly listen for car accidents on the police scanner or follow ambulances, and then assault potential plaintiffs in the hospital telling them they may be entitled to compensation. Read any cartoon or Shakespeare play for examples.
Behavior like this obviously morally repugnant and wrong even for lawyers. In fact, it is against the rules of professional conduct every lawyer has sworn to abide by. If an attorney were to do any such thing in real life, he or she could face discipline from the bar association.
Despite these requirements, lawyers often have a reputation for being rich, slimy, and dishonest. And while I cannot assert that lawyers are never money-grubbing sleaze balls, I will assert that the majority of attorneys are honest people trying to do their best for the community. In fact, most of us practice law to make a difference and to help people.
Take personal injury firms for example. Technically we only make money if people get in accidents. It is true. However, every single person deserves an advocate, and it can be difficult to advocate for yourself after you have been injured. Our job, like Wonder Woman’s job, is to fight for people who cannot fight for themselves.
1. We speak legalese.
The problem with trying to get compensation without an advocate is understanding what is going on. The law is not nearly as intuitive as people think is, and there is no flexibility for ignorance if you miss a deadline, you may be out of luck, but at attorney can translate and help you avoid these pitfalls.
2. We speak insurance.
If you think the legal system is complicated, look at the world of insurance. It is just as bad if not worse. I’m convinced that most insurance adjusters actually like paperwork because they ask for so much of it. An attorney can help you figure out what the insurance company really wants, and he or she can help you make sure the insurance company pays you what you deserve.
3. We speak accident-related medical care.
Paying for medical expenses after an accident when you cannot work or drive yourself to appointments can seem impossible. The Advocates have dedicated employees to help with your medical bills. They can help you avoid collections and find providers willing to work with you.
4. We care about what happens to you.
Most importantly, we care about people. Every client is a person first not a problem to be solved. An attorney at the Advocates will listen to your story and help you find the best road toward recovery.