The US legal system is broken and personal injury law is no exception. It can result in millions of dollars being awarded to people who are not even seriously injured. There is a huge incentive for people to use the system to their advantage. However, there are numerous scams out there and you should avoid them at all costs. Read on to discover why personal injury law is becoming a scam. Here are some ways to avoid becoming a victim.
Some lawyers are breaking the law by accepting payments in exchange for your case. Some attorneys are even stealing money from their clients’ small settlements. If you are offered money for a case, run! Report the lawyer to the state bar association as soon as you receive the money. Besides, if a lawyer is willing to break the law for you, they will probably do it for their own benefit too.
Fraudsters target poor neighborhoods. They line up “scouts” who go into the areas with low crime rates and search for people who are willing to stage accidents and injuries in order to collect money. These “victims” are coached to fake injuries and deliberately trip outside of businesses. They then visit doctors and claim injuries that did not occur. The result is a low-quality settlement and a large payout for the fraudsters.