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.
Beckett decides to sue but the only lawyer who will take the case is a local ambulance chaser (Denzel Washington).
AMERICA is the land of the frivolous lawsuit and the home of the ambulance chaser, so we shouldn't be surprised about the latest doozy: High Torque Marine's suit against the county of Los Angeles.
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.
So, fans of the book (and there are a lot of them - ``A Civil Action'' has been an enduring best seller since it was published more than three years ago) instantly will realize that Zaillian has made Schlichtmann into more of a mercenary ambulance chaser than a man trying to juggle too many conflicting motivations.
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.
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).
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.
Back on the wards at St Margaret's, Anji solves a medical mystery and Beth plays a mischievous game with an ambulance chaser.
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?