|January 2010 · Vol. 22, No. 01
Comment & Controversy
Why are cases settled?
“AFRAID OF GETTING SUED? A PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY OFFERS COUNSEL (BUT NO SYMPATHY)” JANELLE YATES (OCTOBER 2009)
To answer the question—raised during the interview with Dr. Laska—of why cases are settled, I offer the following: If the potential award is large, the doctor may be afraid that his or her personal assets will be attached when the monetary verdict exceeds coverage. In such a situation, settlement is safer even if the allegations are spurious.