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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There is a real sense of urgency to rectify the problem on ambulance chasing.
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If it was just a general legal firm it might be a different matter, but this appears to condone ambulance chasing.
This is ambulance chasing on another level, and it's hard to live with people of this mentality.
I tend to agree with the DWP that it lacks merit and has the smell of ambulance chasing.
I don't know who deserves to be more vilified: the bottom-feeding leeches who have made ambulance chasing and perverting the law into an art form; their plaintiffs bar brethren, who by doing nothing are silently condoning this behavior; the jurors who deposit their backbone and common sense at the entrance to the jury box; or the judges who hide behind arcane laws while throwing up their hands in despair saying that they are powerless to do otherwise.
The book then moves quickly into the automobile age and concentrates largely on phony personal injury claims and ambulance chasing in New York in the 1920s.
The legal profession is aggressively pursuing cases like this, in a new kind of ambulance chasing.
Republic Act 10706 aims to prohibit ambulance chasing or the act of soliciting from seafarers the pursuit of any claim against their employers for the purpose of recovery of monetary benefit, arising from accident, illness or death, in exchange of an amount or fee which shall be deducted from the monetary claim or benefit awarded to the seafarer or their families.
Aquino III has signed into law a measure protecting seafarers against ambulance chasing and penalizing individuals charging excessive fees with the promise of monetary award.