While word-of-mouth is an essential part of the information you can get about a particular lawyer, be very wary who the information comes from. It has become fairly common practice in personal injury cases for unscrupulous individuals to pay for "referrals."

Generally, it works this way:

You are in an accident. You are dazed, confused, and hurting. While you are sitting in your car waiting for the police, a stranger approaches. He tells you that he saw the accident and will be a "witness" for you. He then slyly recommends that you go see a certain medical provider or lawyer. He promises that you can get paid for the visit. Or, maybe an ambulance takes you to the hospital or you just go home to rest. From out of nowhere your cell phone rings. Someone you don't know tells you that he can get you $500 to $1,000.00 if you go to a specific medical clinic or lawyer's office.

These are not referrals at all. They are often scams designed to take advantage of Kentucky's no-fault insurance law. For a good discussion of the scam, read this article from New York. Feds Bust Auto Insurance Scam.

Not only are these "referrals" potential scams, if they are done within 30 days of an accident, they violate Kentucky's anti-solicitation laws that apply to both attorneys and medical professionals.

So, for a number of reasons its best to stay away from these so-called referrals.