Apparently the there were no ambulances to chase the day the attorney found out about this story. Quick settlement, take my third and run. "You deserve this money (and I want my part of it)." Unfortunately the state doesn't cater to suits charging frivolous prosecution or the town could sue the family AND the attorney for the legal costs incurred in the failed lawsuit. It is simple economics for the town: it is more cost effective to pay out. However have you ever heard of feeding a shark to death? In the long run you would cut the costs.
A simpler method would create a "loser pays" civil suit system.
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