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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"What I don't like is ambulance chasers jumping on board.
Back on the wards at St Margaret's, Anji solves a medical mystery and Beth plays a mischievous game with an ambulance chaser.
IN HIS previous 27 novels, John Grisham mastered the art of the legal thriller and chronicled the range of fictional legal behavior from the absolute boy scout (Jake Brigance from 1989's A Time To Kill, Grisham's debut) to the shady ambulance chaser (Rudy Baylor from 1995's The Rainmaker).
He has also changed its television advertising branding, in an attempt to shake off its aggressive 'ambulance chaser' image.
The "ambulance chaser" firms who advertise in the media dress it up as a win-win situation.
Titles such as Easy Money,Compo or Confessions of an Ambulance Chaser can hit the big screen.
Mr Brocklebank's lodger, Waylon Macaroon, was stopped by one such ambulance chaser who unfortunately asked: "Erm, have you had an accident?" To which the feisty Macaroon retorted: "You'll have an accident if you stand there any longer."
While the principals of recruitment firms want to rehire Filipino seafarers, they are concerned they cannot get fair trial against their seafarers who filed cases against them with the encroachment of ambulance chasers, Cf Sharp Crew Management, Inc.
The ambulance chasers may have caused a stir at Lennoxtown this week but Sarajevo were never in danger of setting off the sirens.
'Ambulance chasers' are another reason for the drop in the number of Filipino seafarers, said Ramirez, who is also an accredited maritime voluntary arbitrator.
Furthermore, Travers has previously stated the suits that have followed are the work of "ambulance chasers," lawyers looking to profit off of the Pearson claims.
Thousands of Filipino seafarers are now jobless, no thanks to 'ambulance chasers' who are making it difficult for shipping companies to hire them.