Auto Accidents

What is a Case Runner or Ambulance Chaser?

If you have been in an accident the odds are good that a lawyer or case runner has knocked on your door.

Over the last thirty years, stories from across the Country have circulated of unscrupulous lawyers improperly knocking on widows’ doors, lawyers showing up at funerals or hospitals without being invited or lawyers improperly calling accident victims- all in an attempt to secure employment on an injury or death case.

If an attorney has improperly approached or improperly solitied you or a loved one after an accident - call our Law Firm toll free at 1.800.862.1260, we can help.

In Texas it is a crime for an attorney or his or her employees to call or approach the family of an accident victim. If you have received such a call or such an improper visit from a lawyer or his or her employee, who you did not personally know prior to the loss or whom you did not call or contact him in the first place, you should not speak to that attorney and you should never hire such an attorney. The odds are good, if he or she is willing to knock on your door improperly after an accident or loss, he or she may be capable of even more unethical behavior down the road.

If an attorney improperly contacts you after a loss you should report the matter to the State Bar of Texas. You should also cease all communications with such an attorney and begin researching and locating a new attorney.

If you need our Law Firm on your side call us toll free at 1.800.862.1260.

FULL REFUND: You may be entitled to the attorney fees paid on such a case - or to be paid, if you were improperly approached by the attorney or his or her employee. This type of attorney fee refund is called a "disgorgement of fees."

If this has happen to you or a loved one - call us toll free at 1.800.862.1260.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: You should also be fully aware of and familiar with the terms used by the Courts to describe “case runners.” A case runner is the generic term used to describe that individual employed by an unscrupulous attorney to conduct any improper solisatation of a possible client. The terms used to reference a case runner include: "Coyote,” “Runner,” “Capper,” “Ambulance Chaser” or “Steerer.”

Over the years the Courts have define what is considered improper, in these type of situations. A Case Runner is a person who receives a pecuniary benefit, money, from a lawyer or attorney, to solicit, procure or attempt to procure a client or possible victim at the direction or request of a lawyer whose purpose is to make a fee. It is unlawful for a lawyer, whether directly or through a paid person, a capper, a coyote, a runner, an ambulance chaser or steerer to solicit for financial gain a client who has suffered an injury or loss.

If this has happen, you should report the matter to the State Bar of Texas. You should also cease all communications with such a lawyer and begin researching or locating a new lawyer. You may also be entitled to all of the attorney fees ever paid to that lawyers - in the form of a "full refund" called the "disgorgement of fees" if such is the case.

It is important to understand that most Injury Lawyers are good and honest individuals. And only a very small percentage of Injury Lawyers engage in such behavior. It is our belief that you should be aware of this issue and matter.

We hope this never happens to you or a loved one. However, if you need our Law Firm on your side - call us toll free 1.800.862.1260. You must call us to reach us, for no lawyer or employee of Carabin & Shaw P.C. will improperly call you. Thus we ask that you contact our Law Firm, day or night, by calling us toll free at 1.800.862.1260 or completeing the information form on the right of your screen.

If you need our Law Firm on your side - call us at 1.800.862.1260, we can help.

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