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Quick Answers to Your Top Questions About Injuries in Texas

Wayne Wright LLP keeps our clients and the public informed. We provide answers to frequently asked questions to help our clients face their own legal battles. Contact Wayne Wright LLP to speak with an experienced injury attorney in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, El Paso, or Austin offices. We will schedule a free case review and answer your specific questions. Our law firm will not stop working until you receive the justice you deserve.

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  • What if a solicitor claims to be from the "insurance company" or from a local "medical society" or the "insurance association"?

    Don't believe it! Start asking questions. Questions make crooked solicitors nervous. Tell them to leave all of their information including their driver license number, license plate number, etc. and tell them you will check them out. Don't do business with ANYONE WHO CALLS YOU to handle your case. Reputable person don't do this. It is FRAUD to mislead you into giving them your case.

    If this has happened to you, or you suspect an imposter, we urge you to gather as much information as you can about the situation and then give this information to your trusted attorney, the State Bar, and most importantly to the Society of Ethical Attorneys at Law (http://www.societyofethicalattorneys.org/). You Have The Right To Hire A Doctor and an Attorney of YOUR CHOICE.

  • What if I am not too sure if a person claiming to be an attorney really is one?

    Get the person's name and check it out with the State Bar. In Texas it is easy. Simply go to http://www.texasbar.com/ where you search a list of attorneys. Claiming to be a lawyer is CRIME unless you really are one. Many unscrupulous case runners will claim to be affiliated with a lawyer or say things to make you believe he is a lawyer when this is not true. As an example, in Texas it is a 3rd degree Felony if a person holds himself or herself out as a lawyer, unless he or she is currently licensed to practice law. See, §38.122 of the Texas Penal Code.

    Call the lawyer's office and check on the identity of the person claiming to work for him or her. Ask how they got your information and why they came to see you. Reputable attorneys are happy to discuss these issues with you.

    Of course, just because a person is a licensed lawyer doesn't mean he or she can illegally solicit your case. If this has happened to you, or you suspect that a person acting like a lawyer or claiming to be a lawyer really isn't one, we urge you to gather as much information as you can about the situation and then give this information to your trusted attorney, the State Bar, and most importantly to the Society of Ethical Attorneys at Law (http://www.societyofethicalattorneys.org/).

  • What if a solicitor brought me free food, beer or promised me something else of value to get my case?

    Everyone likes to get something for free. But what are you really getting? Is a grocery store gift card really worth it when you risk being cheated on your case? Is getting a case of beer worth settling your case for possibly thousands of dollars less than what it is worth?

    This is a CRIME in most states! As an example, in Texas it is a 3rd degree Felony if a lawyer pays or gives or offers to pay or give a person money or anything of value to solicit employment. See, §38.12 of the Texas Penal Code.

    If this has happened to you, we urge you to gather as much information as you can about the situation and then give this information to your trusted attorney, the State Bar, and most importantly to the Society of Ethical Attorneys at Law (http://www.societyofethicalattorneys.org/).

  • What if a soliciting lawyer sent me something in the mail trying to get my case?

    Each state have its own rules about this activity. As an example, in Texas lawyers are PROHIBITED from mailing you any solicitation to get your case before the 31st day after the date on which the accident or disaster occurred. Any lawyer who mails such a solicitation in Texas before the 31st day is breaking the law! In Texas this is a Class A Misdemeanor for the first offense, and a 3rd degree Felony for subsequent offenses. See, §38.12 of the Texas Penal Code.

    If this has happened to you, we urge you to gather as much information as you can about the situation and then give this information to your trusted attorney, the State Bar, and most importantly to the Society of Ethical Attorneys at Law (http://www.societyofethicalattorneys.org/).

  • How do these Illegal Solicitors get my information?

    Texas has many laws which prohibit unscrupulous case runners from using accident reports to get your address and phone number to use when trying when soliciting your case. However, most case runners still break the law and use this information anyway. If this has happened to you, we urge you to gather as much information as you can about the situation and then give this information to your trusted attorney, the State Bar, and most importantly to the Society of Ethical Attorneys at Law (http://www.societyofethicalattorneys.org/).

  • What should I do if an illegal solicitor calls me or knocks on my door?

    You are protected by law from being harassed on the phone and on your property. If a solicitor comes to your house, gather as much information about their identity as you can and then tell them firmly to get off your property. Tell them that you are going to report their activity and then warn them that if they come back you will call the police and file a complaint for criminal trespass. If they call you on the phone, write down the phone number they are calling from and date and time they called. Keep a complete record of all such calls. Ask the caller for their complete name and address, their home telephone number, the company they work for and exactly what service they provide. Then warn them never to call you again or you will report their harassing calls to the police. Lastly, give this information to your trusted attorney, the State Bar, and most importantly to the Society of Ethical Attorneys at Law (http://www.societyofethicalattorneys.org/).

  • Are Accident injury Service groups legal?

    These groups are usually associated with crooked lawyers trying to illegally solicit your case. Also, persons other than lawyers who offer these types of services are committing the unauthorized practice of law. The purpose behind prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law is to protect the public from the mistakes of those who are not properly trained and licensed to practice law. American Home Assur. Co., Inc. v. Unauthorized Practice of Law Cmte., 121 S.W.3d 831 (Tex.App. –Eastland, 2003). When unethical people handle your case, you stand to be taken advantage of or cheated.

    As an example, in Texas it is a CRIME if a person other than a lawyer: (1) contracts with any person to represent that person with regard to personal causes of action for property damages or personal injury; (2) advises any person as to the person’s rights and the advisability of making claims for personal injuries or property damages; or (3) advises any person as to whether or not to accept an offered sum of money in settlement of claims for personal injuries or property damages. In Texas this is a Class A Misdemeanor for the first offense, and a 3rd degree Felony for subsequent offenses. See, §38.123 of the Texas Penal Code.

    If this happens to you, we urge you to gather as much information as you can about the situation and then give this information to your trusted attorney, the State Bar, and most importantly to the Society of Ethical Attorneys at Law (http://www.societyofethicalattorneys.org/).

  • What about Accident Injury Service groups?

    Some groups now claim to be accident coordinators. These may have catchy names like “Auto-Work Injury Services,” or “Accident Consultants,” or “Injury Consultants.” They show up at your door or leave their card or may even call you. These groups promise to help you with all aspects of your accident, from getting your car repaired, to medical treatment, to dealing with the insurance company, to getting legal help. Some of these groups advertise on the radio to help get your car fixed, others may bang on your door and others may call you on the phone.