Crash victims get second jolt — calls from lawyers, businesses
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.”
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.