Barratry Personal Injury Lawyers in Austin
Barratry or ambulance chasing is illegal in Texas, and enforcement actions are on the rise. Ethical lawyers have no patience with those who approach victims at accident sites or in their hospital rooms or solicit their relatives when the victim is unconscious or has passed away. A client who has become victim to barratry has nothing to be ashamed of. Many victims do find themselves exploited during moments of vulnerability. They should seek the advice of an honest attorney at once, however, particularly if the ambulance chaser has extracted any money up front.
Awards & Recognition
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2016-2020)
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2017-2020)
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2016-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2016 – 2020) & BURGESS WILLIAMS (2016-2017) BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
LIFETIME MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA, JOE CAPUTO, BURGESS WILLIAMS, NEIL SOLOMON, & JASON ALDRIDGE
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2021), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2021), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2020-2021), & CHRISTINA HAGEN (2021) BY SUPER LAWYERS (A THOMPSON REUTERS COMPANY)
MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2017-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2020), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2019-2020), COLE GUMM (2019-2020), CHRISTINA HAGEN (2020) & BRENDAN MCQUAID (2020)
LIFETIME MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA & JOE CAPUTO
AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA IN 2015, 2016, 2017, AND 2020
AWARDED TO JOE CAPUTO (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP IN 2018 BY INC.
Awarded to John C (Jack) Zinda (2021) by the American Association for Justice
I contacted Zinda Law Group after getting nowhere on my own with a personal injury case. I am so thankful I did. They took it off my plate and handled everything from appointments, to phone calls, and emails.
I did not know what to do. I had never been hurt in a wreck before and this was a major accident that was not my fault. I reached out to Zinda Law Group and they were fantastic, answered all my questions, got me help immediately, and took care of everything!!
There comes a time when you need someone in your corner that you can trust. Our time came when we knew we needed the advice and counsel of an attorney. The day we walked into Zinda Law Group we knew we were covered.
Everyone was so professional and was very interested in helping me with my issues. They were very upfront and honest about what I could expect.
This is a really great firm! They settled my personal injury case in a year. Throughout the whole process, they were keeping in touch with me and helping me get the best treatment possible. They honestly know what they are doing. It was a pleasure working with these guys.
There is a reason why this law firm has a 5 star rating. My experience with personal injury attorney Joe Caputo and all of the staff at Zinda Law Group has been excellent... I would definitely recommend Zinda Law Group.
Barratry as a Crime
Protecting a victim’s legitimate rights in case of an accident is an issue of paramount importance. Someone who has suffered an accident and believes someone else may be responsible should seek out competent legal counsel for an evaluation of their case. It should not be the other way around, and if a lawyer does approach a victim personally and hints that the victim should hire a particular firm, then that attorney has committed a crime under Texas law.
The Civil Barratry Statute
In addition to criminal penalties, the lawyer may also have to face actions under the recently reaffirmed Civil Barratry Statute. In these cases it is vital that victims have access to legal counsel to preserve their rights not only against the original party to their suit but against the unethical attorney who solicited them.
The victim of barratry is in the unenviable position of having to pursue two legal matters at once. The first case, the claim against the party responsible for the accident, cannot be allowed to languish during actions against an ambulance chaser. At the same time, claims against someone who has engaged in barratry must also be pursued, and the cases may well be interrelated. It takes an experienced lawyer who has studied the field intensively to untangle things and recommend the optimal strategy to the victim.
Someone who has suffered an accident in the Austin area and then been approached by an ambulance chaser should feel some concern about the protection of their legal rights. The first should be to contact one of the many ethical personal injury law firms in the area. Personal Injury Lawyers like those at Zinda Law Group can help victims decide if they want to pursue a case and how best to go about it, and the consultation is free.