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Don't Let a Lawyer Be Your Doctor


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It is impossible to avoid. Everywhere we look, we are inundated with aggressive lawsuit advertising. Personal injury lawyers regularly spend more than $75 million each month on national television and cable advertising and even more in local markets like Texas. In fact, Houston ranks as one of the top 10 most saturated markets for these types of ads.

These ads are often ominous and sensational and spout a litany of dangers across a wide array of health care treatments. The ads provide no context that the likelihood of injury or ill effect is very, very small. Instead they create the impression that nearly everyone who ever used a product is going to be harmed by an adverse effect. It all serves to scare consumers and steer them to a lawsuit. Even worse – it can scare people away from the treatments they need, which could be dangerous to their health. That is why it is so important to understand that these ads, along with so-called “medical information” sites operated by trial lawyers, are not medical resources and should not be relied upon as credible health information. 

Consumers need to understand the facts and motives behind these ads – to generate lawsuits and enrich personal injury lawyers. They are acting in their best interest, not the best interest of patients. Don’t let a lawyer be your doctor.

Here are a few simple tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones:

1.       Don’t believe everything you see in a personal injury lawyer advertisement.

2.       Ask your doctor, not a lawyer, if you have questions about your health and medical treatments. Your doctor is acting in your interest; a personal injury lawyer is acting in the interest of lawsuit profits.

3.       Don’t let a lawyer pick your doctor. Be aware when a personal injury lawyer tries to refer you to a specific doctor of medical provider.

For more tips, you can download the smart consumer guide here.

We encourage you to be informed and protect yourself both as a healthcare consumer and a legal consumer.

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  • 7 months later...

Thank you so much for this!

Right now I am trying to make these type of preparations. Gain a general awareness of the types of things to be cautious of. 

I am extremely concerned with cancer-related scams in terms of... I don't know. I was trying to learn more about the "cure" type scams and was not aware of the lawsuit angle.

Thank you again.

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