We have all seen those TV commercials for lawyers which include someone happily looking into the camera and bragging about how much money they have received from their case or settlement.
Have you ever noticed the fine print on those commercials? As Andy Rooney says: “Nothing in fine print is ever good news.” Below is just a small sampling of some of the fine print your will find if you pause that TV commercial and use a magnifying glass.
1. Not an actual client testimonial or based upon a specific case.
2. Not an actual case.
3. Actor portrayal, not a real client.
4. The monetary result referenced is not from an actual case.
5. The monetary recoveries referenced are not typical of most injury claims and [insert law firm/lawyer here] in no way guarantees or promises similar results for specific injury claims.
6. Not a typical injury case recovery.
7. [Insert flashy lawyer’s name here] will not be the lawyer responsible handling your claim or case and the financial recoveries referenced herein are generalizations of atypical injury cases. No warranty or guarantee of a specific monetary result is made herein.
8. Not a real client or case result. 9. Not an actual case result or recovery. [Insert law firm name here] processes claims and cases via a referral to an affiliate law firm. Referral law firms are solely responsible for claim and case presentation and remit a portion of the attorney fees to [insert law firm name here].
Is this legal? Maybe. But it seems deceptive, doesn’t it? Our team has handled several cases where an angry person comes in and complains that their TV lawyer isn’t doing anything on their case or isn’t even handling their case. Don’t be duped by the old bait and switch tactic.
Look at a lawyer’s Avvo.com profile which consists of reviews by real clients. Our office prides itself on making our clients happy and being accessible to them. Hiring a lawyer is an important decision. Our office understands the amount of trust that our clients place in us.