Solicitation by Attorneys

At Jones & Swanson, we’ve heard stories about injured victims
of metro-Atlanta accidents being contacted by solicitors in an effort
to gain work for personal injury attorneys. Not only is this practice
unprofessional, it violates the American Bar Association and Georgia Rule
of Professional Conduct 7.3. This rule prohibits the solicitation of clients
by legal attorneys unless that person is a lawyer or has a close relationship
with the contacting attorney.

So how do these solicitors know who has been involved in an accident to
contact them? There are a variety of resources available to these lawyers,
commonly referred to as “runners”. The first is the possibility
of a contact in the local hospital, police department, or emergency services.
They may also find contact information in accident reports in the days
following an incident. Regardless of how they locate potential clients,
this type of solicitation can lead to disbarment. And while it is possible
to have one’s license reinstated, it is not without detailed investigation
and reprimand.

If a legal representative has contacted you in an effort to gain your business
at a specific law firm, we urge you to consider your options. Typically,
attorneys engaging in this type of action have little experience and are
not the best possible representation. You can choose to ignore contact
from these runners, accept their advice, or even file a complaint against
the attorney. Regardless, we urge you to perform independent research
for yourself before selecting a personal injury lawyer to represent your
claim. Personal injury cases can require advanced legal knowledge and
understanding, so hiring the right person fit for your particular situation
is of utmost importance. For more information on how to find the right
attorney or what to do following solicitation, call our office today.

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