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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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It is a sign of the times, but it would be wrong to describe it as ambulance chasing.
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.
Rectifying this gap, the new law then 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.
These ``voter guides'' are to political campaigns what ambulance chasing attorneys are to the legal profession.
This situation then makes a seafarer an easy target for ambulance chasing, with legal practitioners having considerable interest in the monetary benefits that one may claim, and eventually be awarded," Manalo explained.
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.
Who could be better than Richard Gere as Martin Vail, a hotshot Chicago lawyer who has parlayed shrewd ambulance chasing into a fabulous practice and media celebrity?
I don't want to be seen as ambulance chasing, but we don't want to lose any of those jobs, " said Prof Rubinstein.