Asbestos Awareness Week starts today. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is kicking off this global campaign of education and awareness about the risks of asbestos and the need for a ban with a candlelight vigil. Throughout the week, they’ll be presenting information from doctors, activists, and victims of asbestos diseases.
Asbestos Awareness Week was founded in 2005 by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) that since its founding in 2004 has dedicated time and resources to educate the public about the misconceptions associated with asbestos. The awareness originally began as just a singular day dedicated to the cause but in 2007, the ADAO asked to the U.S. Senate to extend the day to a week-long event. The ADAO is also holding its 15th International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference in Washington, DC April 5 to April 7, 2019.
Asbestos Exposure Is Deadly
There is no known safe level of asbestos exposure and in many instances those suffering from mesothelioma were only exposed to asbestos for a short while; a summer job in construction, or a couple years in the shipyard. The lack of knowledge regarding the presence of asbestos in the work place further complicates the connection, as many workers were unaware they were even handling asbestos-containing products.
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive, and typically fatal cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The latency period between asbestos exposure and illness can range anywhere between 20 to 50 years, making it difficult for workers to connect their cancer with asbestos exposure. A mesothelioma diagnosis is grim as it is often discovered in the advanced stages of the disease. Most treatments are ineffective in the later stages and victims generally have less than 12 months to live.
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Over the last 30 years, GPW has built a reputation as a leading asbestos law firm, not only in the states in which we have offices (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Michigan), but throughout the country. We have grown into the largest law firm in Pennsylvania representing injured workers, specifically those injured by asbestos.
We have been involved in asbestos lawsuits since the 1970s, when cases were first coming to trial. Because of GPW’s involvement in asbestos litigation from the beginning, we have a clear understanding of what is required to succeed in asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits. Contact us today by filling out the form below or calling 1-800-Complex for a free no obligation consultation.
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