Problem with this kind of stuff is that it makes great newspaper headlines, but how much of it really comes to pass? You hear all kinds of stories about lawsuits being filed, but you seldom, if ever, hear about anyone actually getting paid.
Just for grins, here is one anecdote that puts a slightly different spin on the situation.
Lawyer I know takes a minor automobile accident case to court. The case is fairly straight forward, the only question is how big the award for damages should be. He figures the case is worth maybe five grand. The JURY returns an award of $26,000.
There are unscrupulous people in all professions. Lawyers get picked on, I think, because their actions in court are a matter of public record.
Stop reading the newspaper, you'll feel better.