Q: What to do if “lawyers” call you after an accident?
New York law prohibits in-person or telephone contact unless the recipient is a close friend, relative, former client or existing client. The law also prohibits any form of communication relating to an incident involving potential claims for personal injury or wrongful death that are disseminated before the 30th day after the date of the incident, unless a filing must be made within 30 days of the incident, in which case no unsolicited communication shall be made before the 15th day after the date of the incident.
These ethics rules were put in place to protect you when you are most vulnerable and may not be able to make the best decisions. If a lawyer calls you after you have had an accident, don’t engage them. It is your right to report that lawyer to the local ethics committee for violation of the anti-solicitation rules and to help put an end to this practice. Personal injury attorneys are not well-known for the help that they provide to injured victims and attorneys that solicit injured people only adds to that reputation.