For My Lawyer Friends

It has been announced that more than 20 mobile home manufacturers have agreed to pay $14.8 million to thousands of U.S. hurricane victims who said they were harmed by formaldehyde in the trailers.   Why there would be defect in not one but all twenty manufacturers’ products is beyond me but let’s just say it is true.  No one should be put in harm’s way (even though these victims had no where else to go) and I get that.  I am not sure where the evidence of actual illnesses from the formaldehyde is actually documented but again let’s just say it is there.   Lawyers get at least 25% of the money from the class action lawsuit award.   Many time it is higher and don’t forget about their fees deducted before the money is split up.  For now, however, we will just use the 25% leaving $11.1 million.    So here is the best part that I want my lawyer friends to answer.   The article goes on to say  that the “number of claims could range from 10,000 to 20,000”.  Let’s do the math.  Divide $11.1 million by 20,000 and you get…….$555!!!!   Now, how does that money help anyone?   This could even be a lot less when lawyer fees are removed.  What purpose did this really serve the little person who may have been injured by formaldehyde?   And why doesn’t the article even mention this piddly sum?  Shame on MSNBC.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “For My Lawyer Friends

  1. Anatol Arber
    April 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

    This is an example of the true picture of “to pay fare share”,not that one mentioned on MSNBC every day

  2. Lawrence Sweet
    April 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Particle board and carpeting used in mobile home manufacture regularly off-gass low levels of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds for a short while after manufacture. Although there have been multiple claims of injury from formaldehyde, the actual levels are very low and there is really no good evidence that the levels are harmful beyond the irritant nature of formaldehyde vapor. Remember gross anatomy lab? The levels there were infinitely higher than in any mobile home.

  3. Tim
    April 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    The lawyers are probably looking at this math problem a little differently. Let’s see, 25% of $14.8 million is our cut, divided by ten lawyers = 1.48 million for each.

  4. DrWally
    April 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

    These homes were ALL manufactured under the auspices of each and every regulatory agency that our government could find. EVERY home met their stingent EPA and environmental codes. How could the manufacturer be liable?? Doesn’t our government know what is best for all of us??

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