Its no secret that personal injury attorneys are an important part of our legal system. Employers do not always provide ideal working conditions for their employees. Landlords frequently do not maintain their rental properties in a manner that makes the rental units as safe and secure as they should be. Doctors and Hospitals are sometimes negligent in caring for their patients AND the list goes on.
The personal injury lawyer I saw on TV tonight produced a commercial that must insult the intelligence of anybody who viewed it. Bert Parnall could do no better than insult the cute British accented GEICO lizard and make fun of the “You are in Good Hands” Insurance Slogan.
His apparent hook to attract clients was the puerile, rhyming “If you are hurt call Bert“. What is really sad is that I have seen this commercial for over half a year now and one can only surmise that his TV solicitation must be more than a marginally effective advertisement.
Bert does not bother with listing the type of common injuries like motorcycle accidents, workplace mishaps, or botched surgeries. He keeps it simple by just declaring if you get hurt, then contact his law office assuring traumatized viewers We’re Here to Help.
Bert and his legal team may really want to help you, but it is likely you will get charged around 30% of whatever settlement he gets for damages. That means if he wins $200,000 in court for your injuries, then Bert won’t be Hurting either cuz he gets $60,000. I mean look at the way his fists are clenched. He’s raring to go! How could you go wrong retaining an attorney who has 10 second looping crash scene video in the background of his free consultation form?
Not saying that lawyers don’t deserve to be well compensated for vigorously defending their clients, but there is a financial line they should not cross and expect to be trusted.