27 March 2006


Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer, usually associated with previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant (cancerous) cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart).

So after my post about high paying words, my interest was piqued to what this Mesothelioma is all about. Turns out it is an uncommon disease that's asbestos related. And when that mineral is talked about, lawyers just get giddy with excitement. Wanna know why?
In the United States, the average mesothelioma-related settlement was $1 million; for cases that go to trial awards averaged $6 million, according to a study by the RAND Corporation.
It is a rare disease but given that mesothelioma seems to be a virtual gimmee in court litigations, lawyers are on the lookout for these patients.

At a minimum of US$1 Million Dollars a pop, I'm not surprised why search terms for these in Google would charge that high...