The Ugly Truth Behind So-Called Ambulance Chasing Lawsuits
The term “ambulance chaser” is derogatory term frequently used to describe attorneys who represent accident victims. Lawyers are to perform their duties while following strict moral and ethical codes and seek to help the community protect itself against injustices. However, there are some who are eager to make a “quick buck” from unfortunate situations.
Verbiage that broadly encompasses an entire group of people is detrimental to society because it prevents people from seeking help when they genuinely need assistance. Medical malpractice attorneys are often unfairly portrayed negatively because of the unethical behaviors of a select few.What is an Ambulance Chaser?
When discomfort exists in any area of our lives, the natural instinct is to locate the source of the problem and correct the situation. The increasing rise in the cost of healthcare in our country is one such problem, thus resulting in an ever-fluctuating blame game. Everyone has someone else to blame—doctors, attorneys, insurance companies, patients, criminals, and politicians all have their names in the hat for who is most at fault. Those who blame attorneys refer to “frivolous” lawsuits, where patients and their attorneys sue just to have someone to sue. Believe it or not, there have been instances of attorneys following ambulances to the scene of an accident and to hospital rooms to gain cases, even if no one is injured. This behavior represents the very definition of an ambulance chaser and is in direct violation of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct.The Truth Behind Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The most recent data indicates that contract disputes make up most civil disputes rather than medical malpractice disputes. Contract discrepancies make up 47 percent of cases, according to 2016 statistics compiled by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). By contrast, consider the following medical malpractice statistics:
- Of the 18.1 percent of civil disputes that were state trial court cases, only 0.17 percent are tort medical practice lawsuits; and
- Medical malpractice lawsuits comprise only 4 percent of state tort caseloads.
There is a stark difference between the unethical behavior of an “ambulance chaser” and an attorney with decades of advanced courtroom experience. A lawyer's reputation and integrity often precede him or her in and out of the courtroom and can drastically alter the opposition’s reactions.
The attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. understand the devastation caused by negligence in the medical field and seek to defend our clients against these injustices aggressively. If you or a loved one suffer from injuries caused by medical shortcuts, you have the right to speak to a San Jose, CA medical malpractice attorney and hold the responsible parties financially liable for their actions. Our firm has a well-known record of providing high-quality representation with an unparalleled commitment to our clients. Call (408) 289-1417 today for a free consultation.Sources