The Unethical Lawyer and Financial Incentives
by Michael Rose
Integrity, dignity and justice are the core principles of the legal system. Attorneys, as protectors of individuals’ rights, advocates of justice, and representatives of the law, are expected to embody such principles. If an attorney fails to do so, the ramifications can be permanent and devastating, not only to attorneys themselves, but to members of the public at large.
Members of our society rely on attorneys to uphold the law, and unfortunately this reliance can be misplaced. Due to the negative effects relying on an attorney who does not reflect the core principles, it is crucial to distinguish between attorneys who do and those who do not. Being able to make such distinction may not be so apparent, but there are definitely “red flags” that are common even if they are not immediately obvious.
A problem that is increasingly becoming more prevalent is the rogue personal injury attorney stealing clients from their rivals through financial bribes. A common method exploited is offering accident victims a substantial amount of money at the medical facility where they are treating. This is not only immoral but violates the rules of ethics attorneys are required to follow. Even more appalling, attorneys utilize this technique because they are aware such personal injury victims are often desperate for financial help and in the most vulnerable position of their lives. This goes against everything attorneys stand for – putting the best interests of the client first. Essentially they are taking advantage of these individuals to further their own financial gain. Regardless of the level of competency these attorneys may offer in litigation, using incentives – financial or otherwise – demonstrates the lack of honesty and integrity these attorneys possess. The relationship between attorneys and their clients is contingent upon these values (and lack thereof), so if a client cannot entrust in their attorneys such a basic level of moral aptitude at the onset, how can they entrust them with the appropriate handling and successful resolution of their case at all?
However appealing instant financial gain may seem at the time, understanding how such bribes will affect your case overall is crucial. Retaining an attorney founded on deception, manipulation and corruption goes against everything an attorney should stand for. Retaining an attorney who embraces the core principles of integrity, dignity and justice is the best way to protect your interests throughout the legal process.
If you were exposed to this type of situation it is not too late. An injured person can switch lawyers at any time without any penalty.