How can a rare cancer like mesothelioma be lucrative? Because unlike all other cancers, the cause is known. Asbestos causes mesothelioma.
The 12 most common cancers, breast, prostate, colorectal, lung, blood (leukemia, lymphoma), pancreatic, thyroid, kidney, bladder, endometrial and melanoma comprise over 85% of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the United States annually. The other 188 odd cancers make up less than 15% of newly diagnosed cancer cases.
Newly diagnosed mesothelioma cancer cases number less than 3,000 cases per year. So if meso is a rare cancer why do we hear so much about it? One simple reason- we know what causes it- asbestos. In the world of cancer, the cause is everything. The cure? Right now the best thing for a meso patient to do is find one of the doctors who specialize in treating mesothelioma.
If I’m honest with myself I will admit that if I could prove who caused my own cancer I would sue them in a heart beat. I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years on tests, therapies, etc.
It’s important to consider adopting an integrative approach to managing cancer to include surgery, chemo, lifestyle, nutrition and exercise with your onc’s approval.
To learn more about mesothelioma therapies, both conventional and non-conventional, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.
“Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining on the lungs and chest cavity believed to be caused exclusively by asbestos fibers. Depending on their course of treatment, victims essentially suffocate to death, typically within months of diagnosis. There is no cure…
Only a handful of doctors in the U.S. specialize in treating mesothelioma patients and studying the disease. Nearly all have benefited from money from plaintiffs’ attorneys or plaintiffs’ attorney-backed organizations that goes toward their research or the institution where they practice, according to a Wall Street Journal review of nonprofit tax filings and interviews with dozens of doctors, attorneys and patients.
Some doctors argue that there is little choice. Research dollars for mesothelioma, which afflicts fewer than 3,000 people a year, are scarce. In 2011, the National Cancer Institute spent $6.06 million directly on mesothelioma, just 0.1% of its overall budget for cancer research that year, though it says treatments could emerge from other grants targeting cancer more generally…
Drug companies aren’t inclined to spend money on the disease because it affects so few people and because it likely will continue to decline along with the use of asbestos, medical experts say.
Meso patients are in high demand by plaintiffs’ attorneys. A single successful mesothelioma case against companies that made asbestos products can be worth an average of $1.5 million to $2 million, according to legal consultants. The plaintiffs’ lawyers get anywhere from 30% to 40% in fees...”
When I’m asked about PeopleBeatingCancer I like to tell people that I demystify cancer. Most people understand that cancer is a complicated, scary, awful disease. If cancer can be demystified, I figure, then PBC will be helping cancer patients and their caregivers. So when I came across this article on the website called “Scambusters” I almost deleted it. However it occured to me that a mesothelioma diagnosis would mean working with a lawyer and working with a lawyer would mean asking the right questions to choose the right lawyer for you and your goals.
A Brief Background on Your Legal Rights Regarding Mesothelioma
“Companies that manufacture products that contain asbestos have known for over 60 years that asbestos can cause serious diseases.
Unfortunately, because many of these companies wanted to increase their profits, they kept this information quiet, thereby seriously endangering their workers.
There are now laws that help protect the workers who have been harmed by their exposure to these asbestos-related products.
However, since representing mesothelioma can be so to attorneys, it is important that people who have mesothelioma be especially careful selecting attorneys who are really qualified to represent them. Therefore, we have created a list of…
What is your personal experience in representing mesothelioma patients? Your goal is to find out how many cases the attorney has actually handled.
You also want to know: how many of these were settled, and how many of these went to trial? What were the results of each case?
You should ask the same questions about his or her law firm. You’re goal is to find out about the firm — is this an area the firm specializes in?
Next, you want to ask if the lawyer intends to actually handle your case him or herself. Many attorneys simply refer these cases to another law firm and receive part of the fee in exchange. This may not be in your best interest.
A very important question to ask is how expenses and attorney fees will be handled for the case. The process is not fast — preparation for the trial and then the trial itself — will take many months (or even years).
During this time, there will be thousands of dollars of initial costs associated with preparing for the trial, such as travel, expert witnesses, depositions, etc. Ordinarily, the attorney who represents you advances these initial costs that are associated with the preparation and trial.
Most attorney fees in these cases are based on contingency fee contracts. This means that the lawyers receive a percentage of the amount the victim recovers if the suit is successful. If
the suit is not successful, then the attorneys earn no fee.
The next thing to ask is what is involved in this kind of lawsuit. You want to get an overview of the process, and what your role will be in it. You also want to get a sense of how good a communicator the attorney is.
Finally, a lot is at stake financially in these lawsuits. Therefore, it is ordinarily a good idea to interview a number of attorneys before you make a final decision about who will represent you. Consider trying to get at least two or three recommendations so you can make the best decision for you..