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- noun A lawyer who actively seeks out accident victims to encourage them to sue for damages.
- noun A lawyer who is eager to bring personal injury lawsuits.
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- noun by extension An attorney who engages in unethical behavior.
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- noun an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue
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The origins of this phrase date from 1897, from newspaper articles about attorneys seeking clients through targeted mail solicitation. “Ambulance chasing” was one of the descriptive phrases employed by the media for this activity. It later became a derogatory term for direct advertising.
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