Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Fraud, Lawyer-Style

Nothing like enhancing the fee-revenue a bit.

A retired epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control testified there were no more than 28,000 medically plausible cases of asbestosis in the U.S. male population between 1989 and 2001. [W.R.] Grace was hit with more than 200,000 claims over that period.

In another instance, a doctor presented a study involving 807 X-rays from Grace claimants. Doctors hired by the plaintiffs lawyers had found evidence of asbestosis in about 80% of those X-rays. In a double-blind study in which doctors didn't know the purpose of the work, they found evidence in only 7% of X-rays. . . .

The kind of professionalism which gives PI Lawyers their reputation.

HT: John Lott

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