How Much Should Car Accident Lawyers Charge and is the Advice Valid?

A very nice potential client called today looking for a Lawyer as he was not getting return phone calls from his injury lawyer. He described a collision in which the car sustained over $9,000.00 in damage and he said he had called a TV advertising firm to help with the case. Atlanta Injury attorney.jpgThe first problem is that the law firm charged him a 40% contingency fee for pre-suit work. The standard fee is 33.3% in Atlanta. Even worse, the firm also told this man to go to an Atlanta chiropractic clinic that they worked with often rather than to go to his own family doctor and to have it paid for by his health insurance. The client has health insurance and would have had access to cheaper and better health care but the lawyer diverted him to “their chiropractor.” To compound the problem, the chiropractor then sent the man to a local neurologist who is well known in the insurance defense community for having little credibility. Now the man has over $9,000.00 in flimsy medical bills that are unpaid and will have to come out of his settlement.

The client has wasted two months getting overpriced chiropractic care, he is on the hook for the bills because those kind of doctors do not take health insurance and the chiropractor and neurologist are looking to the settlement to get paid. The worst part is that the client has continuing low back pain and the low end medical care suggested by the lawyer is worthless. The client is now going to an orthopedist in his health care plan, but much of the damage is done.


The client has wasted two months getting overpriced chiropractic care, he is on the hook for the bills because those kind of doctors do not take health insurance and the chiropractor and neurologist are looking to the settlement to get paid. The worst part is that the client has continuing low back pain and the low end medical care suggested by the lawyer is worthless. The client is now going to an orthopedist in his health care plan, but much of the damage is done.

This should serve as a lesson. Remember, if your Atlanta lawyer is suggesting that you should go to a chiropractor if you have health insurance, you are getting bad advice. There is nothing wrong with chiropractic care, but when the client has health insurance available to pay for care, getting care on a lien is counterproductive. It will cost you more in the long run and you have to wonder who the chiropractor is looking out for; you or their pocketbook.

If you are injured in an car accident and have health insurance, go to your primary care physician or the emergency room, depending on the severity of the injury. Do not allow yourself to fall into this predicament. These firms prey on ignorant clients and they are a blight on the legal community. If you find yourself asking “why does my lawyer want me to go to the chiropractor”, then don’t go and call a real lawyer that actually tries their cases will tell you the truth about what medical care is legitimate and what isn’t.