ambulance-chaser
   someone who greedily touts for business
   Referring to the practice, supposedly originated by American lawyers, of following an ambulance to hospital in the hope of being briefed by the victim to sue someone:
    Mader was a shyster in the Quorn Building. An ambulance-chaser, a small time fixer, an alibi builder-upper. (Chandler, 1939)
   Now used as a verb and also of other seekers after custom:
    During the summer months we were constantly being associated with potential bidders but we are quite clear that we want to remain independent. We want all ambulance-chasing merchant banks to understand that. (Daily Telegraph, 17 November 1997)

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