I finally paid attention to the advertising “come-on” used by some very aggressive interests trying to lure unsuspecting Florida personal injury victims into using their services. Frankly, I am not sure who is behind this advertising that you hear on the radio, television and see on billboards – whether it is sponsored by attorneys or alleged health care providers. If these groups are attorney based, many trial lawyers like myself are questioning whether their advertising comports with the Florida Bar’s guidelines for attorneys’ advertising.
Regardless of who is behind these ads, it is this writer’s opinion that they appear to be misleading and with an intention to lure an unsuspecting Florida automobile accident victim into being intentionally deceived into what they may be entitled to from these companies. The ads typically state “you may be entitled to $10,000.00”. but I presume what these questionable advertisements are referring to is that if you are injured, your health care providers could be paid up to $10,000 through your personal injury protection coverage, but it appears as though these outfits want the unsuspecting Florida automobile accident victim to be lured to these outfits by believing that they will receive $10,000, net into their own pockets. If this is their ploy, it is this writer’s opinion that such advertising is deplorable and unfit for any professional, regardless if an attorney or health care provider is behind this. I strongly urge anyone considering such potentially deceptive advertising to consider consulting with an dedicated personal injury attorney who is committed to their client’s best interests.
Keep in mind that unprotected, the average recipient of rightful personal injury settlement funds tends to “go-through” their settlement monies within less than 18 months from the time of settlement – and frankly these statistic is true whether they received thousands or millions of dollars. Thereafter, they usually lack the ability to properly care for their financial and economic needs and cover their losses in the future. That is the purpose of the structured settlement to assure monies will be there in the future when medical and financial needs arise and that is just the loss that these companies are further inflicting upon their victims.