Ambulance Chaser


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Ambulance Chaser

A colloquial phrase that is used derisively for a person who is hired by an attorney to seek out Negligence cases at the scenes of accidents or in hospitals where injured parties are treated, in exchange for a percentage of the damages that will be recovered in the case.

Also used to describe attorneys who, upon learning of a personal injury that might have been caused by the negligence or the wrongful act of another, immediately contact the victim for consent to represent him or her in a lawsuit in exchange for a Contingent Fee, a percentage of the judgment recovered.

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As the daughter of an attorney, I heard a lot of jokes about ambulance chasers when I was growing up.
T&G convenor Jimmy O'Boyle accused Socialist leader Dave Nellist of being an "ambulance chaser" - only interested in bad news.
All other perfs are in the underdog spirit of the proceedings, with Quinn particularly relaxed and appealing as the Yank ambulance chaser and Bates having a grand old time as the eccentric elder jurist.
Cllr Nick Nolan (Holbrooks) accused him of being a "political ambulance chaser" revelling in the workers' misery.
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Beckett decides to sue but the only lawyer who will take the case is a local ambulance chaser (Denzel Washington).
The last-minute arrival of a lawyer, Jack Stone (John Turturro), an 'ambulance chaser' who represents Naz without hesitation, promises to shake things up.
Jan is what the Americans term an "ambulance chaser" handing out his business card at accident scenes and constantly hunting for the next big money spinning case.
The personal tics and foibles of everyone from the building's chess-playing Holocaust survivor (Mark Margolis) to the resident fortunetelling drag queen (Charles Busch) and a fussy English ambulance chaser (Roger Rees) are wonderfully realized, and their differences set off sparks every time paths cross.
Or heaven forbid, become a greedy ambulance chaser, or bask in the floodlights for narcissistic desires, or prey on hapless clients like a vulture, or justify the odds by saying that the first thing we do is to kill all the lawyers for being a disgrace not only to the profession but to the human race?
She must be the ultimate ambulance chaser every time she hears the siren, she thinks they're calling her name.
Overestimate the optimum angle of lean and you can end up flat on your back, your cranium smacked against a solid object and an ambulance chaser urging you to sign a claim against the chair manufacturer.