Georgia legislators have passed a bill which seeks to end the unethical practice known as ‘ambulance chasing.’
The Bill, which amends O.C.G.A. § 33-24-53, targets attorneys and medical professionals who purchase and sell accident reports as a means to exploit victims. Unscrupulous attorneys and doctors use these reports to obtain personal contact information of accident victims and their families, and then directly contact these victims in their homes, hospital rooms and by telephone in an unlawful attempt to procure new clientele.
The disdainful practice is a violation of privacy and a clear disregard for the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. Unfortunately, the regrettable actions of a few have given rise to a public distrust of many. The term ‘ambulance chaser’ has become synonymous with a field of law, which at its best, exists solely to empower people over corporations and insurance companies, to serve those harmed by the negligence of others and to guide everyday citizens to justice through what is often a daunting and complex legal system.
As a personal injury and wrongful death law firm, The Murray Law Firm has long been aware of the unscrupulous and illegal measures some attorneys in this field use to obtain clientele. As such, The Murray Law Firm founded the SAC ‘EM Campaign (Stop Ambulance Chasing) to raise public awareness, empower victims, and effectuate change. The new Bill is an encouraging step toward that end, and we cheer the legislation. To learn more about this newly proposed legislation, please visit the Georgia General Assembly website by clicking here.
The Murray Law Firm has achieved the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, an honor achieved by meeting the highest ethical standards in our field, as attested to by judges and other attorneys who serve to better the practice.
If you have been injured and have been directly contacted by a lawyer or an individual acting on behalf of a lawyer, please notify The Murray Law Firm at 888.842.1616 and we will assist you in reporting the lawyer or individual to the appropriate authority.