Consumer Attorney Warns of Deceptive Advertising for Injured Victims of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Accidents

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Phoenix attorney Van O’Steen is warning those injured in accidents and by dangerous products, especially pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to be cautious of internet advertising for lawyers that is disguised as information from consumer protection, oversight or support groups. O’Steen is best known for his U.S. Supreme Court victory giving people the First Amendment right to receive important information about legal services.

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The internet contains a wealth of information about lawyers and the work they do for injured people. Use this resource wisely, and insure you know with whom you are dealing before providing personal information to any organization.

Phoenix attorney Van O’Steen is warning those injured in accidents and by dangerous products, especially pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to be cautious of internet advertising for lawyers that is disguised as information from consumer protection, oversight or support groups. O’Steen is best known for his U.S. Supreme Court victory giving people the First Amendment right to receive important information about legal services. Bates and O’Steen v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).

“A growing number of websites purporting to gather information about injuries caused by dangerous medical devices, drugs or accidents are, in fact, misleading advertisements for businesses that broker cases to law firms,” O’Steen said. “Some of these sites also appear to be consumer assistance or victim support groups,” he added.

“In recent years, lawyers who handle personal injury cases have been bombarded by solicitors for companies that advertise on the internet for potential injury cases, then sell their leads to law firms,” O’Steen said. “Most of these businesses do little or no screening of the lawyers with whom they work. They sell their leads to anyone who will pay their fees.”

O’Steen continues to defend lawyer advertising that is truthful and not misleading. “All the studies intended to measure the effect of advertising on the price of legal services have come to the same conclusion. Competition among lawyers, in the form of commercial advertising, has resulted in lower prices to consumers,” O’Steen noted. “Advertising also gives people useful information about their legal rights and the names of some lawyers who may be able to help them,” he added.

Internet marketing is especially brisk now for patients who have received defective hip implant devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. O’Steen recommended that DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip implant patients thoroughly research their rights and options, while remaining skeptical of websites and other communications that purport to be support or consumer oversight groups. This advice applies, as well, to those injured in any accident or by a dangerous product.

“The internet contains a wealth of information about lawyers and the work they do for injured people,” O’Steen said. “Use this resource wisely, and insure you know with whom you are dealing before providing personal information to any organization,” he concluded.

About O’Steen & Harrison, PLC

O’Steen & Harrison, PLC has protected the rights of injured accident victims and their family members since 1974. The firm concentrates on personal injury, medical malpractice and dangerous products with a special emphasis on harmful drugs and defective medical devices. O’Steen & Harrison is av-rated (the highest rating) by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The firm’s attorneys have recovered more than $3 billion dollars for clients.

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