ambulance chaser


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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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Then, of course, you've got the legalised ambulance chasers who encourage people to make claims and often encourage people to tell blatant lies to exaggerate the slightest of things (such as mild whiplash etc) that make us all sick to the back teeth.
There needs to be some speed in the crash clearances, although I'm well aware the problem is the litigation society which the UK has collapsed into, not helped by ambulance chasers touting these products, highly undesirable practices.
The usual queue of ambulance chasers are suing Toyota, some of whom have very colourful backgrounds and are serial litigators.
When the news of Jonah Lehrer's resignation from the New Yorker broke Monday, ambulance chasers and media navel gazers rushed to the source of Lehrer's dramatic fall from grace -- Michael C.
When you add to this the stories of insurance premiums increasing 5- fold and ambulance chasers putting on white coats and cruising the local A&E's signing up injured clients it's not at all surprising that the UK is seeing a huge backlash against the so called "compensation culture".
After 20-plus years together, Finley & Figg, ambulance chasers specializing in quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional actual car wreck thrown in, continue to scratch out a half-decent living from their seedy offices in southwest Chicago.
The fast lane is, well, obviously for people in a tearing hurry; motorists from Abu Dhabi, intimidating Hummer owners, ambulance chasers and those pretending to be American ranchers driving humungous SUVs.
Although Japan doesn't have ambulance chasers, it does have a strong ethic of corporate responsibility, and an injury caused by slipping on a wet floor can be expensive.
With subjects ranging from wild-eyed teen onlookers at a late-night slaying to glassy-eyed starlets at Hollywood movie premieres, Weegee was one of the first ambulance chasers.
Amicus General Secretary Derek Simpson says, "Insurers are being given ammunition by unscrupulous ambulance chasers to attack a legitimate class of legal action.
The other thing I saw yesterday was a telephone directory in my hotel, and on the back page there was a huge ad for ambulance chasers.
Many clinicians also mistakenly see themselves as victims who can't do anything about the malpractice crisis and view plaintiffs' attorneys as greedy ambulance chasers.