a lawyer who seeks accident victims as clients and encourages them to sue for damages (sometimes used facetiously).
But the Waterhouse Inquiry explicitly dismissed this “ambulance chasing” explanation for the rash of allegations.
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(US, slang) a lawyer who seeks to encourage and profit from the lawsuits of accident victims
Any unethical lawyer, or one who is too aggressive in getting clients; shyster (late 1800s+)
A lawyer or lawyer’s helper who urges accident victims to sue for damages, negligence, etc (1900s+)
An attorney who seeks to profit from someone’s injury or accident; also, an inferior lawyer. For example, Karen refused to join any law firm that included ambulance chasers. The practice of suing for damages on behalf of the injured person in exchange for a contingency fee—usually a large percentage of the amount so won—may be older, but this derogatory term began to be used for lawyers who actively sought out individuals injured in accidents who required an ambulance. [ ; late 1800s ]
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moving from place to place; itinerant; shifting. Medicine/Medical, (def 4). Historical Examples Thus do the ambulant images of God cloak their shackles proudly, and divert the judicious with their boastful shouts. In Defense of Women H. L. Mencken The encounter with these ambulant Highnesses had been fatal—Lansing now perceived it—to Mrs. Hicks’s principles. The Glimpses […]
a portable tea table, used in 18th-century France. Historical Examples At school they nick-named him “la Tour ambulante,” because of his thick-set figure. Egoists James Huneker
to walk about or move from place to place. Historical Examples Give me half-a-guinea for my trouble, sir, and I’ll ambulate you through lanes every fut o’ the way. Handy Andy, Volume 2 (of 2) Samuel Lover verb (intransitive) to wander about or move from one place to another v. 1620s, from Latin ambulatus, past […]