One example I would give is I was the VP HR for a property management company that owned an apartment complex with a pool. A non-resident toddler with her non-resident 14 yr old babysitter (who was claimed by others at the incident to be drinking alcohol underage and "lifting her shirt") were visiting the babysitter's relative who lived on property. There were warning signs of no lifeguards, swim at your own risk, etc. The toddler drowned. Of course we were sued for millions of $s. Our insurance ended up paying over $2M only because they knew that any baby death going in front of a jury and in my state, at least to my understanding at the time, even if they found us slightly 1% negligent at all, the jury could decide to count the full judgment against us. And so the insurance company's attorneys chose to settle the case.
Were we guilty of negligence? I'd argue NO! Well, we had all our maintenance and cleaning records, the pool gates were locked, our signs were up, etc. But in the end it was decided that the court battle wasn't worth it. So yes, you can get millions in "go away" money, especially if the insurance company or defendant think they have a strong case but know they could still lose a whole lot more. That doesn't mean that there is not negligence in other drownings in "public" pools.
In the end, our attorneys knew that the jury would go for the deep pockets. This 14 yr old had nothing....her relative had nothing.... Our property management company filled in every swimming pool on every property they owned after this incident.
I don't remember you posting about your case (and I am surprised you even would...most attorneys would tell you not to do so especially since it is still active --- we were basically under a self-imposed gag/confidentiality order through the whole case/time I referenced above) .... Who knows whether a jury in the referenced case vs yours would feel the same when the "deep pockets" are paid for through taxpayer funds.... And every case's details are different as are the judge and jury and yes, unfortunately while jurors try to be unbiased, they aren't always....