Question: Should I hire the personal injury law firm with the 1-800 number with multiple ads on TV and radio?
Generally speaking, TV and radio advertisements are not the best routes to find a professional. Many advertisements are comprised of paid actors, spokespersons, or an employee hired to work in the office. Additionally, many of the advertisements are done by referral agencies, marketing agencies, or co-ops that screen the calls through their general answering service before putting you in contact with an attorney directly. More often than not, every time you call one of these “800” or “888” numbers, the company doing the advertisement collects a referral fee for having you call that number. If you are finally transferred to someone who can even listen to your case, you may not even be speaking with the lawyer on the advertisement. Chances are, you will be working with a associate, or perhaps a paralegal or assistant may be giving you legal advice rather than having a trained, and experienced lawyer give you a consultation.
Television advertisements and large billboards are expensive ways to drum up more business. However, the best way to find a lawyer is through referrals. When that is not available, then read consumer reviews from past clients to get a better judgment on a lawyer. In any situation, be sure to choose a lawyer who is experienced, trained, and is willing to talk to you and hear your case out before telling you whether it can or can’t be “won.” Call us today for a free consultation. We will take the time to hear you out. (225) 767-8333