For Indiana lawyers, “ambulance-chasing” will soon be a thing of the past. A new set of regulations passed by the Indiana Supreme Court will require lawyers to wait 30 days before contacting clients who have been involved in potential personal injury or wrongful death cases.
This isn’t just for face-to-face solicitation, either. E-mail, phone calls and videos all count under the new rules.
Mike Allen is the president of the Monroe County Bar Association, and he said the rules were passed because the potential for harm when lawyers seek out these clients right away outweighs the need for immediate contact.
“The 30-day restriction is reasonably required,” Aleen says, “because of the sensitized state of those potential clients who might be injured or might be grieving over the loss of a family member and from what the Supreme Court has seen, there is an abuse that has been occurring in those types of cases for attorney solicitation.”
He said he’s unsure whether that abuse has been a problem in Monroe County or elsewhere in the state, but Indiana’s rules are now more aligned with the rest of the nation. The new rules will go into effect January 1, 2011.