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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Critics believe the Post Office is promoting ambulance chasers whose activities drive up insurance premiums.
Carolina Ruiz, lawyer for Spanish group Mac Hotels, said there was evidence of healthy tourists being targeted by ambulance chasers.
If they cave in to the vested interests of the ambulance chasers and cold callers, those businesses will be laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of honest motorists.
But we don't know how the data gets to ambulance chasers.
ANOTHER year starts and so does another "witch hunt" by the ambulance chasers from the legal profession.
The law will prevent ambulance chasers, particularly lawyers, from taking advantage of the plight of seafarers, who met an accident, illness or death in the course of their service.
Lawyers and ambulance chasers were believed to be making a beeline for New Hampshire to see if they could manufacture a case against the estate of Frederick Trump for compensation for the suffering undergone by his son.
Our insurances are sky high because of them and none more so than here in the States where ambulance chasers were born.
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.
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.