Definition of ambulance chaser in English:

ambulance chaser

noun

North American
derogatory
  • A lawyer who specializes in bringing cases seeking damages for personal injury.

    • ‘So I have been somewhat irked to find myself being bedeviled with calls from so-called endowment ambulance-chasers.’
    • ‘Plus it would also put those disgusting ambulance-chasers in their place.’
    • ‘Some of them are just a bunch of ambulance-chasers and a total waste of space.’
    • ‘Just to show we are not the cold-hearted, ambulance-chasers of popular myth we have brought you some good news this week.’
    • ‘Can he be characterized as a greedy ambulance-chaser who is single-handedly responsible for runaway lawsuits?’

Origin

Late 19th century: from the reputation gained by certain lawyers for attending accidents and encouraging victims to sue.