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originally posted by: atsgrounded
a reply to: DigginFoTroof
Of course there is a need for someone (attorney) who can make a person whole again after someone else has injured them.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
Ok, I'm sure I'll get a lot of people completely disagreeing with me on this, but take a look at it this way. First I'll say that I'm sure there are a LOT of attorney's (ambulance chasers) that pursue frivolous law suits, and I'm not defending them. What I am defending are those who go after clients after something horrible happens to them due to neglect (of business, government or personal/private individuals). There are too may possible "accidents" to give examples, but I'm not talking about ones where the injured party was injured due to their own negligence, lack of awareness or common sense (I mean TRUE common sense, like don't put hand into a hot deep fryer) etc.
So when a person is going to the hospital, or wherever after being injured, there are going to be a lot of attorneys lining up to work for the victim. Now some attorneys pay EMT's, hospital employees, doctors, firemen, police, etc to recommend their services and even give them their card. They may make a commission and talk up their services about how great they are. Now it is all a race against time for a "good" attorney to get in front of the victim, an attorney who isn't just in it for the $ but in it to get the victim a reasonable/appropriate settlement/judgement in relation to what happened and on top of that helping to prevent these types of things from happening again (this can be done in a number of ways, from a high settlement, setting precedent, to gathering evidence for criminal prosecution - possibly of negligence, etc). Now if the victim is immediately referred to a money grubbing ambulance chaser (who may be looking for fame as well), the "good" attorney may loose out because the victim thinks they are in good hands and trying to change their mind, in the situation that they are in, is a very difficult thing to do, So it all comes down to getting to the victim first and putting forth a great first impression.
So, the term "ambulance chaser" has come to mean "scum bag lawyer who sues over frivolous injuries, often the victims own fault, causing extreme hardship on those being sued and making a lot of money for themselves in the process". At least that is what I gather from the many times I have heard the term used, it may be many "definitions" put together, but you get the idea. But if a good attorney is an actual "ambulance chaser" or a "lounge lizard" (attorney waiting in the hospital lounge or waiting room) they may be doing this so they can be the first to offer their services because they want to hold the negligent parties accountable and get a reasonable settlement for the victim & possibly create a situation where these accidents/incidents won't happen again.
So, as with all things, there are exceptions to the rule and also stereotypes that are very often untrue.
So when you think of Ambulance chaser, you have to ask yourself if you know the motives of the attorney and not jump to conclusions as to why their is a need to be the first attorney to talk to the injured party.
I'm interested in others take on this as well.