An accident lawyer retails to his clients a new and improved way of doing things, says the lawyer who has taken the practice into the 21st century.
The lawyer is not alone: A growing number of lawyers are using technology to help them protect themselves from lawsuits filed in countries where it is illegal to do so.
For lawyers in Spain, that means the legal system.
“I have a client who was injured by an illegal police officer in Barcelona, and he did not file a lawsuit because he was afraid that if he did, he would have to pay a substantial amount of money to the victim,” says the retired lawyer, Alberto Torres.
“But if he files a lawsuit now, and I do not even know his name, then he would be out of luck.”
Torres says the way Spain’s legal system handles wrongful death lawsuits has changed radically over the past decade, with the advent of the internet.
In the early 1990s, it was often not possible to file an appeal after a police officer’s death in Spain.
Now, it is possible.
“We no longer need to worry about the fact that the victim is not a citizen of the country,” says Torres, who is now retired.
“Instead, we now have to look at the case through the eyes of the victim, and it is much easier.”
In other words, if the victim in a case is Spanish, the case is now being filed by the lawyer in Spanish, rather than the lawyer representing the police officer.
“There are no longer any restrictions on the number of times you can sue, or the length of time you can pursue the case,” says Alberto Torres, a civil rights lawyer who is retiring from the Spanish Civil Court in the next few years.
“If the victim’s family or the victim herself wants to take legal action, then they can do so, regardless of whether the case has been filed in Spanish.”
Torres also points out that he is the only Spanish lawyer in the world who uses technology to protect himself.
He is now suing a man who he says was beaten and threatened by the police in a car accident.
The man’s lawyer, Roberto Burda, says Torres was “forced to defend” the man’s rights, but the Spanish legal system has made the case clear that the man did not commit the crime that led to Torres’ injury.
“The prosecutor has not said anything, the judge has not spoken,” says Burdab.
“I have to tell the truth, because this case is against the victim.
This is a man whose father is a judge.
I don’t have the right to defend my client.”
Torres is not the only lawyer who uses the internet to defend himself.
Many lawyers in the United States, Australia and Europe use the internet, as well.
For the lawyers, the use of the web is a form of protection.
“It’s a new technology,” says lawyer Alberto Torres in a telephone interview from Madrid.
“People can use it to communicate with their clients, to send them legal advice, to get their files, and more.
And they can use this as a forum to educate each other and to work together in a fair way.”
Torres and other lawyers who use the web say they have received a lot of feedback about the use by their clients.
“Most people say, ‘No, it’s not the case,'” says Torres.
In fact, many lawyers, including Torres, say they do not have to use the same technology they used when they worked for a Spanish police force.
“They are using this to protect themselves, they don’t need the same protection as in Spain,” says Francisco Almodovar, the lawyer behind the Spanish case against a doctor accused of murdering his own patient in a Barcelona car accident in 2009.
“In the United Kingdom, you cannot file a complaint against a police car without having a lawyer in Spain who can defend you.
You can’t get a car licence without having lawyers in France or Italy.”
But Almodova also points to the growing use of technology by the Spanish police and courts.
“Now, you don’t really have to worry that you are not protected in Spain anymore,” he says.
The problem for Torres and Almodovic, however, is that they are not alone.
According to data from the Catalan government, over a six-month period, lawyers filed over 8,000 lawsuits against the Spanish state, with 4,000 of them resulting in the loss of legal rights.
It is not just the Spanish courts that are under fire.
Earlier this year, Spain’s Supreme Court ruled that lawyers could not use Google Maps to navigate through the legal systems of other countries.
Spain’s Attorney General, José María Aznar, told the country’s parliament that the ruling had nothing to do with the technology.
“Google does not help you,” he said.
“You need your own lawyers, your own documents.
Google does not make any