Let's Stop the Ambulance Chasers!

Soliciting an Injured Person Is Illegal

It is against the law in Texas for doctors, chiropractors or lawyers to solicit you directly after an injury accident or the death of a loved one. They cannot call your home, show up at your hospital, or leave their calling cards in your door or mailbox.

Unfortunately, many shameless "ambulance chasers" regularly disregard this law, preying on people in their pain or their grief. It's a big problem across central Texas.

The Austin law firm of Lorenz & Lorenz, L.L.P. does not engage in this behavior. And we don't condone it. It gives the rest of the legal profession a bad name.

You Can Help Stop the Ambulance Chasers

The law firms and clinics that solicit the injured get names from police blotters or inside sources. Then they weasel their way into the good graces of family members or the victims themselves, making promises of a certain outcome or in some cases paying cash advances to sign the person up for medical treatment or legal services.

If any solicitor has approached you or your loved one, contact us and we will file a formal complaint with state investigators.

You Should Choose Your Lawyer, Not the Other Way Around

We believe that choosing an attorney or medical provider is an important decision. Your long-term health and your full compensation depend on it.

  • If a lawyer would put a pen in your hand in your drug-induced state or pass out business cards at the funeral home, do you think they care about you or the money?
  • If a chiropractor must call you to drum up business, do you think you will get quality care?

The legal term is barratry — soliciting an injury victim or relatives of the recently deceased by phone or in person. Barratry is a misdemeanor or felony crime, depending on the circumstances. If prosecuted, it could also result in that person's disbarment or medical license sanctions.

Unfortunately, a bill in the Texas Legislature (HB 148) that would have amended the law to allow civil lawsuits for barratry was voted down in 2009, despite the support of many respected attorneys and physicians. Contact your representative or senator to support this important tool for keeping the vultures in check.