A Settling Defendant Does Not Need to Admit Liability

If a defendant loses at trial (or loses any subsequent appeals), he or she has been officially proven liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. If the parties settle, however, the defendant is not required to admit to liability. This may not be ideal for a plaintiff who feels morally invested in proving a defendant’s guilt, but it is a significant benefit to a defendant concerned about having a public record of negligence or intentional wrongdoing.