Recently, someone asked me how I can compete with law firms like 411-PAIN or 1-800-ASK-GARY who pour massive amounts of money for television commercials. I was surprised that he didn’t know that these two entities are not law firms or attorneys. He was surprised to find out the puppet master for each of these two referral services were chiropractors. Yes, all those commercials talking about how they can get you a lawyer after a car accident are bought by companies that are run by chiropractors.
411 Pain’s corporation named is 411 Pain Advertising Group, Inc. The Florida Department of Corporations lists Robert Lewin as the President of the corporation. Robert Lewin is a chiropractor – not an attorney – in the Fort Lauderdale area.
1-800-Ask-Gary’s corporation name is Ask Gary Holdings, LLC. The Florida Department of Corporations lists Gary Kompothecras as the manager of the corporation. Gary Kompothecras is a chiropractor – not an attorney – in Sarasota. Its website states that 1-800-ASK-GARY markets for Physicians Group. The Florida Department of Corporations documents that the same Gary Kompothecras is the manger for Physicians Group LLC. Their website does acknowledge that both attorneys that they refer clients to and Physicians Group pay a fee to get cases from 1-800-ASK-GARY.
Why would chiropractors pay massive amounts of money to advertise for car accident lawyers? Well, those chiropractor-run attorney referral services often treat those same callers in their clinics thus making more money from the callers. Also, the attorneys who get the referral send additional business to the clinics thus making more money. Lastly, attorneys often have to pay the chiropractor-run referral services a fee to get the referrals thus making more money. No wonder they can inundate you with television commercials.
To the best of my knowledge, in the decades I have represented those injured in car accidents, I have never received a referral from 411-Pain or 1-800-Ask-Gary. I have taken over cases that other attorneys received the referral and then disappointed the client so they changed lawyers to me. Yes, I have cleaned up the mess created by the referrals made by these chiropractor-run referral services.
What is the best way to get a recommendation from an attorney after a car accident? It is not by a television commercial or a Google search. It is friends and family that have used the attorney or know the attorney. After a car accident, talk to friends and family about their experience with any given lawyer. Then, see what others say about that attorney on Google reviews. This research — rather than calling some Tom, Dick or Harry — may just take some stress off so you can focus on getting better.
I am not claiming that 411-PAIN or 1-800-ASK-GARY is necessarily bad or that their medical facilities and the lawyers that pay to get referrals from them are all bad. But, I am saying that before anyone selects an attorney to represent them after a car accident, they should do their research.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. He is a named partner at the Tampa Bay law firm of Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or complete the form on this page or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.