The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to reject a settlement reached by county risk management in the Deborah Ballard case. This decision represents foolish pandering and fiscal irresponsibility.
By the time this case comes to trial again in several months, we will have spent at least another $500,000, bringing our total legal expenses to $2.7 million or more, plus other fees and costs.
Then we roll the dice. On one side, a diabetic mother. On the other, depraved indifference, gross incompetence, destroyed and faked evidence. The jury comes back and what will it be? Only a million? $5 million? $30 million? If it’s $30 million, the county can expect to get its insurance cancelled — even with its current $5 million deductible per occurrence and no defense. Would any fiscally responsible person take such a gamble? With our money?
And what will happen in the future? This jackpot will stiffen other plaintiff claims and generate many more. With risk management’s credibility damaged, settlements will be harder to come by and more expensive. We all will pay for this decision into the far future.
Throw the bums OUT.