I’ve previously written about the problem with chiropractors soliciting car wreck victims and then directing the clients to attorneys, many of whom provide questionable representation. In the 2007 legislative session, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (our state-wide group of plaintiff’s attorneys) and others joined to try and pass a bill that limited the ability of chiropractors to solicit victims. The bill passed both the House and the Senate by almost unanimous margins only to be vetoed by Governor Perry. At the time, I had some harsh words for Perry.
But now, it’s time to give Perry his due. During the last session, the House and Senate passed HB 148, which amended the barratry statute that already applied to lawyers and now makes it illegal for chiropractors to solicit car wreck or other accident victims in person or by telephone until the 31st day after an accident. Governor Perry signed the bill into law on June 19, 2009, and it will go into effect on September 1, 2009.
With any luck, this new legislation will at least minimize the improper case running that has been going on.