Investigations by the Florida Department of Insurance, Division of Insurance Fraud, along with other Special Investigative Units of various insurance companies, are currently dealing with an abundance of fraud in Florida related to the solicitation of car accident victims.
Typically, there is a car accident report that is filled out and filed in correlation with each incident. There are individuals, known as “runners,” who are contacting law enforcement agencies to obtain copies of all accident reports filed with each agency. Under Florida law, accident reports are public record, and therefore, law enforcement agencies fulfill the requests.
These “runners” are then using these reports to personally solicit accident victims or they give a list of victim’s names to a third party who will solicit the victims. These solicitations come in the form of persistent phone calls asking for personal information regarding the accident and even personal visits to the victim’s homes. These runners are sometimes leading victims to believe they work with their insurance company, referring them to doctors for treatment and/or lawyers for representation, while receiving monetary compensation for their services from the party they have referred the victim to. Some of these runners are even directly offering the victims money to visit a specific doctor, clinic or attorney.
As far as tracking phone numbers down for these runners to find out who they are… it is said that they are using pre-paid cell phones with temporary accounts that are registered with false contact information, making it difficult for anyone investigating these situations to trace anything back to the true account holder.
As you can imagine, this is a frustrating situation for everyone involved. The victims many times do not realize they are in the middle of something unethical and illegal, and they are completely misled. Honest and law-abiding attorneys and doctors are having potential clients essentially taken from them and directed to those who elect unethical practices as a means of fueling there businesses. More and more people are coming together to make people aware of these runners and the potential that exists that they will contact you or a loved one, following an accident.
Our team at the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan prides itself in standing up against unethical practices like this and helping to make the general population aware of the threat that exists. Please be wary of any phone calls received after an accident and pass this information on to friends and family so that they can use caution as well. If you or a loved one has been solicited after an accident, either in person or by phone, you may go to this link to report a possible case of fraud https://secure.fldfs.com/fraud/nonIndustryRSF.asp. You may also call the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud at 1-850-413-3115 or contact the Florida Bar directly at 1-850-561-5600.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please call the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan at 1-800-FLA-LAWYER today for your free consultation.
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