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) An unethical attorney who solicits business at the scenes of accidents or in hospitals, in exchange for a percentage of the damages that will be recovered in the case.<ref>"
West"s Encyclopedia of American Law, The Gale Group, Inc, 1998.", Answers.com 15 Jul. 2006</ref>
, Richard Lacayo, "
Court and Spark: Edwards' Legal Career,"
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:Republicans have tried to cast him as a millionaire , the kind of man who forces doctors and businesses to pay ever higher liability-insurance costs.
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) An attorney who engages in unethical behavior.
The origins of this phrase date from 1897, from newspaper articles about attorneys seeking clients through targeted mail solicitation.<ref>"
Etymonline.com" 15 Jul. 2006</ref> "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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