2005_02_cast.jpgThe City paid $570 million in personal injury lawsuits last year. This is a new record, and the City's Tort Chief (possibly the best job title in the city) told the NY Post that the increase was caused by even more lawsuits being filed (over a third of the settlements were medical related - like all those stories you hear about hospitals not diagnosing a patient or operating on the wrong organ). The city settled more cases faster, to avoid backlogs and even bigger payouts in appellate courts. Gothamist now expects that even more those ambulance-chasing lawyer ads will pop up in the subways.