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A popular term, first used in 1897, for a lawyer or his/her agent who solicits accident victims as potential clients, by encouraging them to initiate a lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident, and sue for damages

ambulance chaser

A slang term for a lawyer who obtains business by encouraging accident victims to sue doctors or others for damages, often on a contingency basis.
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While the Code of Professional Responsibility of Lawyers prohibits ambulance chasing, there is no direct statutory provision which expressly prohibits this abominable practice," the principal author said.
It is a sign of the times, but it would be wrong to describe it as ambulance chasing.
The proposed statute makes it unlawful for individuals to engage in ambulance chasing who, through questionable schemes take undue advantage of seafarers in their legal pursuit for injuries and sickness benefits, the author added.
I suppose it is the equivalent of ambulance chasing in the United States.
There is also the ambulance chasing aspect -in fact, the recently failed Accident Group is being investigated by a national bus company for allegedly inventing claims about people being involved in accidents on their buses.
These ``voter guides'' are to political campaigns what ambulance chasing attorneys are to the legal profession.
He learns the finer points of ambulance chasing from the wickedly funny Deck Schefflet (Danny DeVito).
The father-of-two fled to Spain four years ago when his ambulance chasing insurance firm Accident Group collapsed with debts of pounds 100million.
Raft race committee member Michael Sheridan said: ``Very, very sadly we have to cancel the 2004 race because, quite reasonably, now that no-fee ambulance chasing solicitors abound, owners of the rights of the river require us to have public liability insurance of pounds 10m for the rafters.
I'mall for legal aid,but this US- style approach can be ambulance chasing at its very worst.
The reform package before the current Legislative session includes toughening penalties for ambulance chasing and seeks broader regulation of medical fees, caps on attorney's fees and additional time for insurers to investigate suspicious claims.
However, in this murky world of ambulance chasing and no-win no fee, the incumbent directors at Claims Direct may yet have the cherry plucked from them.