On National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, We Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives to Mesothelioma, and Continue to Fight Against Asbestos Exposure
Today is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day – a day to discuss asbestos and mesothelioma, remember those who have lost their lives to the deadly disease, and to continue the fight against asbestos exposure.
Facts about Asbestos and Mesothelioma
- Asbestos is a fibrous mineral.
- Asbestos was used in thousands of products prior to the 1970s for its fire-retardant and insulating properties.
- Asbestos was linked to many serious diseases as early as the 1930s, but corporations continued using the mineral in their products anyway.
- Asbestos is a known carcinogen, with no safe level of exposure.
- Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer with no cure.
- Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the lungs.
- Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma.
- Roughly 3,000 people a year are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma symptoms take approximately 25-50 years to appear.
- The average person diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma is only given 10 months to live.
- Due to a ruling by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and corporate lobbying, asbestos is not banned and products containing asbestos are still sold and manufactured in the United States today.,
Remembering the Victims of Mesothelioma
Every year, thousands of people die from mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos many decades ago. These people are loving fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters, and their loss is painful. Here at Waters Kraus & Paul, we honor the memories of those who have passed away due to this terrible disease, many of whom were not only our clients, but our friends.
To honor the memory of those lives tragically cut short by mesothelioma, the mesothelioma lawyers at Waters Kraus & Paul are continuously fighting against asbestos exposure.
Continuing the Fight Against Asbestos Exposure
While progress has been made to limit asbestos use, the fight is not yet over. Although, regulation on the use of asbestos was enacted in the 1970s, the deadly mineral is still not banned in the U.S. In fact, 55 countries have completely banned the use of asbestos. Canada’s asbestos ban will go into effect by next year, but at the moment, the U.S. has no plans to do the same.
Even though the asbestos industry is heavily regulated in the U.S., asbestos exposure is still occurring through asbestos put in place decades ago, which can be released into the air during construction. “Over time, asbestos containing products dry out and become brittle,” explains Peter Kraus, partner with Waters Kraus & Paul, mesothelioma lawyers in Los Angeles. “When the products are disturbed during demolition or remodeling, asbestos fibers are released into the air, posing a danger to those nearby.”
In honor of those who have lost their lives to pleural mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos exposure, we must continue to fight for an outright ban of asbestos. No amount of asbestos exposure is safe, so we must completely eliminate all asbestos use in our country to end the cycle of asbestos exposure and death.
Waters Kraus & Paul is waging a two-front war on asbestos exposure. On one front, the firm is pushing for legislation that protects the rights of asbestos victims. On the other front, the mesothelioma lawyers of Waters Kraus & Paul are fighting to hold the corporations who used asbestos in their products, knowing of the danger it posed, responsible for the consequences of their negligent actions.
Who is Waters Kraus & Paul?
Waters Kraus & Paul is a mid-sized plaintiffs’ firm committed to ending asbestos exposure once and for all. The dedicated mesothelioma lawyers of the firm are constantly battling to help victims of asbestos exposure, while also fighting to completely ban asbestos in the U.S. If you have been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma or another disease caused by asbestos exposure, you deserve justice. Email us or call the mesothelioma lawyers of Waters Kraus & Paul at 800.226.9880 to discuss your potential lawsuit.