• More on the 9/11 Lawsuit Scam

      Two law offices joined forces on the 911 victims case: Worby Groner Edelman and Napoli Bern. Napoli brags that they’ve recovered nearly $2 billion this decade.  They run creepy ads, set to ominous music [video here.]

      The lawyers claim that NYC should have provided more respirators, and made sure each rescuer’s mask was properly fit.  For not doing that, NY taxpayers must pay their clients billions. The lawyers will keep about half the money.

      On his Napoli Bern's website, they list 70 different types of such mass torts, including dubious claims like this  about Cerebral Palsy:

      "Medical care providers can contribute to the development of cerebral palsy in several ways.   waiting too long to perform a C section … failing to act in a timely manner.  it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.   …Our caring and compassionate staff will work with you."

      Ex-senator John Edwards made millions off such cases.  Edwards claimed that the cerebral calsy was caused by a lack of oxygen getting to the baby ’s brain during delivery. He once won a record verdict after impersonating the injured infant in the womb. “Right now, I feel her,” he told the jury. “I feel her presence. She’s inside me, and she’s talking to you, [and she’s saying] ‘I’m having problems, I need out!’ ”The jury responded by awarding 6.5 million dollars.

      One thing doctors learned from the antics of Edwards and other lawyers was  to  do  more  cesareans.  The  incidence  of  C-sections  has  more  than quadrupled—from  6  percent  of  all  births  in  1970,  to  about 30% now. This is a terrible thing for American women.  The C-sections may protect the doctor from lawyers, but they costs more, hurts more, require longer hospital stays, and kills more women.

      If Edwards’s cerebral calsy argument were  correct,  the increase in C-sections  should  have  eliminated  nearly  every  case  of  cerebral palsy.  But it hasn’t Is Edwards giving his millions back? No.

      And law firm Napoli Bern still advertises the cases.

      It’s outrageous that lawyers will probably pocket half of the 9/11 settlements (the plaintiffs’ 33%, plus the court fees and defense lawyer payments). Napoli Bern, et all, may make more than a billion dollars.

      The Associated Press looked at some of the plaintiffs' complaints and found:

      Lawyers for a police officer claimed in a court filing that he spent nearly 300 days handling debris at ground zero, but his work records indicate that [during] the months the lawyers said the man worked at ground zero, he was recording full-time shifts in Cresskill, N.J...

      Another police officer who was listed by her lawyers as having lung cancer, doesn't have cancer at all.

      More stepped forward after the original story. In a follow up story on Friday, the AP reported:

      Marianne Pizzitola, the president of the FDNY EMS Retirees Association, said she developed a mild respiratory ailment because of her work at ground zero, but the law firm asked her to sign legal papers saying she has brain and blood cancers. … the false cancer diagnosis wasn't the only mistake in her file. "They had me seeing doctors I don't even know."

      Jim Copland of the Manhattan Institute says that the erroneous filings are "the way these suits work. Lawyers advertise on TV-- anyone who was sick and was working on 9/11 is going to call."

      Congress set up the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in 2001, which has given $7 billion to thousands of victims.

      "Meanwhile, these guys [in the lawsuit] are just sitting there waiting. It highlights what’s wrong with our legal system," Copland says.

      And to fight these suits, the city has already had to pay its lawyers 200 million. That alone could have provided more than 20,000 for each plaintiff.

      It’s outrageous that lawyers will probably pocket half of the 9/11 settlements (add the plaintiffs’ 33%  to the court fees and defense lawyer payments).  Napoli Bern, et all, may make more than a billion dollars

      I also suggest ending the post with:

      And to fight these suits, the city has already had to pay its lawyers 200 million. That alone could have provided more than 20,000 for each plaintiff.

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