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Please report these people

Observations Commentary Ambulance chasers need to be reported to the office of Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez. Why? They cost the public money. You and me. Get in a fender bender, and if you get sued, it’s most likely an ambulance-chasing attorney, or the case runner working for him/ her, that you have to thank. It’s also why, in part, auto insurance costs are higher down here than in other areas of the state. Hidalgo County is sue-happy. The lawyer sues you, then the so-called injured party has to go to the chiropractor, and before you know it, that little fender bender has turned into a huge fuster cluck. The DA’s office number is 956-292-7600. In a story published last month in Texas Border Business, Rodriguez said the state is “not going to put up” with ambulance chasers. In the same story, Rodriguez said he is urging the public to report them if you come across one, or many, since they seem to run in packs, like the wild boar they resemble. In that same story, Rodriguez is quoted as saying, “Please report it to the law enforcement afforded to our office, and that way, we can put it in the hands of the proper individuals who can start an investigation.” No attorney or attorney’s representative should call or visit auto-accident victims to solicit their business, said Rodriguez. Yet, have someone tap your bumper, side of your car, and see how fast an attorney’s rep is at your front door. They’ll tell you that they can send you to a chiropractor free of charge. You tell them you’re not hurt, and they’ll tell you, “That’s okay, you should still get checked out.” It’s a scam on a huge scale. Some might even give you a neck brace for free, who knows. Add a cane to the mix when you show up for the deposition, and let the good times begin. Ka-ching. I’d call these people the scum of the earth, but why insult scum? ...

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