Ambulance Chaser

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Definition: Ambulance Chaser


Ambulance Chaser

Quick Summary of 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.




What is the dictionary definition of Ambulance Chaser?

Dictionary Definition


An ambulance chaser is a derogatory term for an unethical lawyer, namely of the “personal injury” persuasion.


Full Definition of Ambulance Chaser


The term is derived from lawyers who followed ambulances to the hospital after a person was injured (usually determined to be such through the lawyer’s use of a personal police/fire radio scanner in order to attempt to drum up business by convincing the victim that they need to sue, or by simply being the first lawyer in contact with the victim, generally when the victim is most easily talked into suing (prone to suggestion).

In many jurisdictions, lawyers can be disbarred if caught engaging in such unethical behavior. Although lawyers are permitted to advertise their services through the news media and on billboards and develop friendships with people who may become clients in the distant future, the start of the lawyer-client relationship should ideally be a voluntary inquiry on the client’s part (and not an unsolicited sales pitch by the lawyer to a badly injured and heavily drugged hospital patient).


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Ambulance Chaser are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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