History Main / AmbulanceChaser

10th May '17 6:04:11 AM ClatoLawa
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** In his first appearance, during his meeting with the Simpsons in his office, he hears an ambulance go by and starts to leave, before suppressing the urge and resuming his talk with Homer.
** In the episode "[[InWhichATropeIsDescribed Bart Gets Hit by a Car]]", Homer saw Hutz been chasing the ambulance Bart was taken away in.
** He also ran out of Bart's hospital room when he saw paramedics pushing a gurney and chases after it.
--->'''Lionel Hutz:''' Lionel Hutz Attorney at Law!... Is that a broken neck?... great!

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** In It's particularly on display in his first appearance, during his meeting with the Simpsons in his office, he hears an ambulance go by and starts to leave, before suppressing the urge and resuming his talk with Homer.
** In the episode
episode, "[[InWhichATropeIsDescribed Bart Gets Hit by a Car]]", Homer saw Hutz been chasing the ambulance Bart was taken away in.
** He also ran out of
Car]]". When he shows up beside Bart's hospital room when bed, Homer mentions that he saw Hutz literally chasing Bart's ambulance. After they initially decline his offer, he leaves the room and immediately goes after some paramedics pushing a gurney and chases after it.
--->'''Lionel Hutz:''' Lionel
gurney. "Lionel Hutz Attorney at Law!... Is that a broken neck?... great! great!" And later, when Homer visits him in his office, he hears an ambulance go by and starts to leave, before suppressing the urge and resuming his talk with Homer.



** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire for not having roles despite Hutz himself having a role.

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** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire for not having roles despite Hutz himself having a role.playing Mitch.
9th May '17 8:23:58 PM HasturHasturHastur
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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass.

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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass.
ass. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.



The name originates from the cultural perception that lawyers are CorruptCorporateExecutive-like opportunistic scavengers who profit from misfortune and will take on cases regardless of merit for the sake of money. Ergo, when a lawyer sees an ambulance blazing by, he comes to the logical conclusion that someone has been injured, and therefore, requires legal representation as ''someone should always be responsible for his injury''.

Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record (or they think they can quickly settle it, which often leads right back to the former).

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The name originates from the cultural perception that lawyers are CorruptCorporateExecutive-like opportunistic scavengers who profit from misfortune and will take on cases regardless of merit for the sake of money.money; if they aren't working on a contingent fee arrangement, they will be more than happy to take a case with ''just'' enough factual and legal merit in order to run up a large bill if they know that the client will pay even though they know that they probably won't be able to win or settle. Ergo, when a lawyer sees an ambulance blazing by, he comes to the logical conclusion that someone has been injured, and therefore, requires legal representation as ''someone should always be responsible for his injury''.

Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" Contingent fee setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record (or they think they can quickly settle it, which often leads right back to the former).
26th Apr '17 10:58:28 AM morane
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Note also that in several European countries which follow civil law jurisdiction rather than common law, this kind of practice is '''explicitly prohibited''': one must not gain benefit from injury and/or compensations.
8th Apr '17 4:38:07 PM CheeseDogX
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* Arnold Ripner, a recurring character on ''Series/BarneyMiller''. He's completely shameless, to the point that when Barney calls him "noble" for threatening to sue a lobotomist ''pro bono'', Ripner warns him that could be slander.
18th Feb '17 8:26:55 PM TSBasilisk
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* ''Series/LethalWeapon2016'' has Leo Getz, who seems the archetypical ambulance chaser. However late in the episode he makes the point that while he would do fine in a legitimate firm, there are very few lawyers in those firms that could survive in his world.
13th Jan '17 7:21:26 PM HasturHasturHastur
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Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record.

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Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record.
record (or they think they can quickly settle it, which often leads right back to the former).
12th Jan '17 6:55:13 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. That, or harass the defendant until he settles just to be rid of this annoying creature.

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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. That, or harass the defendant until he settles If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to be rid of this annoying creature.
get him off your ass.



Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. This is because "frivolous" means that, from a legal standpoint, you don't have a stupid or absurd argument; rather, you do not have an argument ''at all'', and if a judge informs someone that something is frivolous, that is code for "shut up before you get hit with contempt and/or have the bar association out for your head".

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Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. This is because "frivolous" means that, from a legal standpoint, "Only paid if you don't have win" setups also offer a stupid or absurd argument; rather, you do not have strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an argument ''at all'', and if a judge informs someone that unsuccessful case is something is frivolous, that is code for "shut up gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before you choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get hit with contempt and/or have the bar association out for your head".
an entry on their public disciplinary record.
9th Jan '17 9:31:45 PM NineballCirno
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* ''Series/PicketFence''s: "Douglas Wambaugh for the Defense, your Honor"

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* ''Series/PicketFence''s: ''Series/PicketFences'': "Douglas Wambaugh for the Defense, your Honor"
27th Dec '16 7:12:37 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Interstate 60'', the protagonist Neal comes across a town called Morlaw while on the titular road, in which all the residents are lawyers and everybody sues everybody. While in a lawyer's office, Neal sees an ambulance driving by, with a HORDE of other lawyers running after it.

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* In ''Interstate 60'', ''Film/{{Interstate 60}}'', the protagonist Neal comes across a town called Morlaw while on the titular road, in which all the residents are lawyers and everybody sues everybody. While in a lawyer's office, Neal sees an ambulance driving by, with a HORDE of other lawyers running after it.
30th Oct '16 9:15:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TheVerdict'' has PaulNewman as an Ambulance Chaser who discovers [[HeelFaceTurn he cares]].

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* ''Film/TheVerdict'' has PaulNewman Creator/PaulNewman as an Ambulance Chaser who discovers [[HeelFaceTurn he cares]].a disgraced bigshot attorney who's become a drunk and now limits himself to trolling funerals for clients. The film kicks off with him finding a case to care about.



* ''Series/TheNightOf'' has John Stone, a lowly lawyer who trawls late-night police precincts for hookers and pushers to recruit as clients. He advertises on the subway and pays cops to hand out his cheesy business cards. While waiting on a client, a cop cracks that he's just heard an ambulance siren pass by and asks if Stone wants to chase after it.

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* ''Series/TheNightOf'' has John Stone, a lowly lawyer who trawls late-night police precincts for hookers and pushers to recruit as clients. He advertises on the subway and pays cops to hand out his cheesy business cards. While waiting he waits on a client, a cop cracks that he's just heard an ambulance siren pass by and asks if Stone wants to chase after it.
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