Ambulance chasing

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Ambulance chasing, which is a form of barratry, refers to a lawyer using an event as a way to find legal clients. The term "ambulance chasing" comes from the stereotype of lawyers that follow ambulances to the emergency room to find clients.[1]

Ambulance chasing is prohibited in the US. Such conduct violates Rule 7.3[2] of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Some bar associations strongly enforce rules against barratry. For example, the State Bar of California dispatches investigators to large-scale disaster scenes to discourage ambulance chasers, and to catch any who attempt to solicit business from disaster victims at the scene.[3]

Ambulance chasing is also illegal in Australia, in accordance with clauses 20 and 22 of the Legal Profession Regulation of 1987.

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  1. ^ Garner, Bryan A. (2011). Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-538420-8. 
  2. ^ Model Rules of Professional Conduct - Rule 7.3 Direct Contact With Prospective Clients - Center for Professional Responsibility
  3. ^ Nancy McCarthy, "Public protection takes center stage in disaster", State Bar Journal, March 2005, pages unknown.