If you live anywhere near the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ve probably seen or heard advertisements – perhaps lots of them – for 1-800 services offering to connect you with a personal injury attorney who can help you “win big.” It’s easy to see why these ads are appealing – when you’ve been hurt by another person’s negligence, you want someone to fight for you, and fast. But it’s important to understand the limitations of these services and why you may be better off finding an experienced Bay Area personal injury lawyer and reaching out to them directly.
Most advertisements for legal services that encourage people to call a 1-800 number will direct the caller to a lawyer referral service, not an actual law firm. The representative, who likely does not have any legal training, will ask the caller a few questions about the type of injury they’ve experienced and then direct them to a law firm that handles these cases.
This method of finding legal help might not be a bad idea if the call service has strict methods for admitting attorneys or firms to their group, but unfortunately, that is rarely the case. Most of these call services will accept any attorney who pays to join, and there is little to no verification of the lawyers’ qualifications. You may be directed to a new, inexperienced lawyer or one who handles many different types of cases. Respectfully, this is no way to choose a lawyer. The fact is that many people who do find representation this way never receive value for their cases. At the end of the day, they may not even know what value was for a case they were advised to settle.
Representatives from a call center cannot give actual legal advice, and they cannot give you a recommendation on which firm to call or direct you to the attorney they think is best for your case. In fact, it violates ethical standards in California and other states, for an attorney to pay someone to recommend them. Instead, your case will be randomly assigned to a random attorney who has paid to be a part of the call service.
Attorneys can purchase a 1-800 line for use at their office, and some organizations that offer pro-bono legal advice may use a 1-800 number so that callers can reach them more easily. Not all numbers that begin this way are call forwarding services, but many of them are, and injured people should be extremely cautious when using such numbers. Here are a few signs to look for:
Using a lawyer referral service might seem quick and easy, but in reality, rather than reaching out to an attorney who is peer reviewed and has experience in the area of the case you may have, you are essentially throwing a dart onto a board that may point to just about anyone.
At our office, our phone rings through to us. The number is a San Francisco phone number with a 415 area code. It is 415-544-0115. Our e-mail, for our lawyers, which you may often find hard to locate on many 1-800 sites is dependent upon who you wish to reach at our office but Mr. Righthand’s is Scott@righthandlaw.net. Call them or e-mail them. The office is located in San Francisco. It is very much still there, even during the pandemic. They have an office in Sacramento as well.
The Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., does serious or catastrophic injury cases. They have done them for 40 plus years. They are peer-reviewed. Scott Righthand has been listed as a Super Lawyer for 15 consecutive years. The US News and World Report has listed Scott among America’s Best Lawyers for more than 10 consecutive years. If you’ve been injured, contact our office today to request a free case evaluation.
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"Thank you, Scott, Brittany and the entire team - I am thoroughly pleased with the conclusion of my case! Scott was a strong advocate who became a friend and mentor. He helped guide me through one of the more difficult times in my life. From the moment I first called, I always felt thoroughly informed of my options. I always felt informed on the status of the case and my questions were always answer promptly with information easy to digest, which was especially helpful not being in the legal field...." Read More
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"I don’t know where to begin to express my gratitude to Scott Righthand for the way he represented me and handled my case. I have worked on the plaintiffs side of personal injury for over 30 years. I never imagined that I would be a plaintiff under these circumstances. I was viciously attacked by my neighbors 130 pound rottweiler while trying to do him a favor. I was blindsided when my neighbor lied about the circumstances and tried to put the fault on me. I should have known better but..." Read More
"My life was forever changed when I had a knee surgery that went horribly wrong in 2009. I have never felt so powerless. I was fighting to keep my business, my leg and most of all my sanity. When I set out to find an attorney to represent me, I realized that the real fight hadn't even begun. Malpractice law is a very small niche that I believe only the biggest hearts choose to practice. I was told by multiple lawyers that infection cases are too hard to win and..." Read More
"Mr. Righthand represented us successfully in a wrongful injury dispute. His knowledge of the various processes and possible outcomes was impressive. He and his staff went above and beyond in preparing the arguments on our behalf, and their sincere concern and caring really helped make a stressful situation manageable. We definitely recommend Mr. Righthand and his firm." Read More
"While on my way to work I was rear-ended by a big truck. I immediately began feeling extreme pain. I was instantly thrown into a cycle of pain and pain meds as I continued to try to keep working. I could barely think straight and the last thing I thought about was getting an attorney. A good friend advised me to seek legal counsel as it appeared my injuries were more severe than I realized. I was referred to Scott Righthand and he agreed to represent me. He took over..." Read More
"My experience with the Law Office of Scott Righthand was beyond my expectations. I came in his office looking for a lawyer and walked out with a team that was willing to fight and go the distance with me. I was very pleased with the results Scott and his A+ team got for me. So, if it is results you want then u want nobody else than the Law Office of Scott Righthand." Read More
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"Scott and his associates are top-notch. We won our case because he was incredibly thorough and honest. I would highly recommend working with this team to anyone needing legal help. Thanks, Scott!" Read More
"Brittany is not only an expert in her field of law but equally important, understands the emotions and the people aspect of what I was going through - she was available for questions, explained things in layman’s terms and coached me through the process to achieve the best results. I would have not been prepared whatsoever and would have been coaxed into the defense’s tactics. No one ever plans to have a personal injury claim and certainly, no one wants to go through it. But since life happens and is..." Read More
"I have worked with many lawyers over many years, and I have to say that Scott Righthand and Brittany Rogers are both absolutely great. Scott devotes his decades of experience and expertise to each and every case, and Brittany fights so fiercely for each and every client. This law firm's dedication to their clients is unrelenting, and they treat every client like family. And their results are exemplary, not stopping until they have made a real positive difference in their clients' lives. These two attorneys are consummate professionals, and I..." Read More
"Mr. Scott Righthand was recommended to us by an attorney we hired for our business. At the time we personally didn't need his services, but another extended family member did. A few years later we were in need of his services as well. Mr. Righthand provided excellent service to us. His whole office team is very professional and personable. It took us a few years to settle our case and all throughout that time Mr. Righthand was available to answer any question or concern I or my husband had. He..." Read More
"My husband and I were in an accident where we both received head injuries. We had many calls from attorneys who wanted to represent us. Scott was recommended to us by a friend of our son-in-law. We decided to go into his office and discuss the case. After our office conference, we retained Scott on the spot. His professional approach and self-confidence gave us the belief that he would do the best possible job for us. It proved to be one of the best decisions of our lives. Scott kept..." Read More