A Metro-North passenger train today
derailed this morning in the Bronx. Four people were killed and 63 others were
injured, according to early news reports.
"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go
to the victims of this horrific crash as well as their families and
friends," said New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver.
“It is important for all of us
in the legal community to recognize the importance of respecting the privacy of
the victims and their families,” he said. "The decision to retain counsel
is an important one and should not be made under pressure."
Schraver warned lawyers against unwarranted
solicitation of victims about possible lawsuits.
“I remind my colleagues in the
legal community that the New York Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit
attorneys from soliciting potential clients in
personal injury or wrongful death matters for 30 days following the date of the
incident—unless a filing is required within 30 days, in which case solicitation is prohibited for
15 days," he said.
The New York State Bar Association with
76,000 members is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It
was founded in 1876.
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