Crash vic­tims get se­cond jolt — calls from lawyers, busi­nesses

Dayton Daily News - - DAILY LAW JOURNAL -

serve as a pos­i­tive step to­ward lim­it­ing the types of con­duct and com­mu­ni­ca­tions which de­tract from the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion of the le­gal pro­fes­sion as a whole, with­out im­pair­ing the avail­abil­ity of needed le­gal con­sul­ta­tion and ser­vices within the bounds of a lawyer’s le­gal and eth­i­cal obli­ga­tions,” said Deb­bie Nun­ner, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of OACTA.

Nun­ner said crash vic­tims “are of­ten in­un­dated with com­mu­ni­ca­tions fol­low­ing an auto ac­ci­dent of­fer­ing to pro­vide chi­ro­prac­tic, med­i­cal and/or le­gal care at a time when they may be par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble.”

Den­nis Het­zel, pres­i­dent and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ohio News Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion, said that or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to keep an eye on the leg­is­la­tion, but at this point, “It doesn’t seem to interfere with any jour­nal­is­tic pur­pose.”

One re­porter with this news out­let be­gan re­ceiv­ing such calls the day after be­ing sideswiped on an in­ter­state high­way.

“My name is Jes­sica, I’m with the Well­ness Group,” said the caller. “I need to bring you in for your free exam. It’s with our li­censed chi­ro­prac­tor. It’s to help you with any sore­ness you no­ticed after the ac­ci­dent, and get you started on your cash set­tle­ment.”

GREG LYNCH / STAFF

An Ohio House bill would stop com­pa­nies from con­tact­ing peo­ple in­volved in crashes us­ing in­for­ma­tion from the Ohio Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety’s data­base that con­tains in­for­ma­tion about re­cent wrecks, in­clud­ing cell­phone num­bers.

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