DALLAS--(For the ninth consecutive year, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution, this year unanimously, that designates the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week (NAAW). This important week aims to raise public awareness of the health risks of asbestos exposure, the prevalence of asbestos cancers including mesothelioma and to bring attention to the fact that asbestos is not banned in the U.S. As a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of mesothelioma patients across the nation, Baron and Budd is honored to support this resolution.)--
“Though many people think that asbestos is a thing of the past, it is still being imported and used in the U.S. today. It’s time we stopped bringing this deadly carcinogen into our country and banned its use.”
Since 2005, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving asbestos patients a unified voice, has been a driving force behind this resolution. Headed by mesothelioma widow Linda Reinstein, ADAO is the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to asbestos patients. Taking a stand for patients, ADAO’s mission is to ultimately ban the use of asbestos and eradicate mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers completely.
"While there has been some progress made in the area of asbestos awareness, there is still more work that needs to be done and this resolution emphasizes that," said John Langdoc, mesothelioma lawyer at Baron and Budd. "Though many people think that asbestos is a thing of the past, it is still being imported and used in the U.S. today. It’s time we stopped bringing this deadly carcinogen into our country and banned its use."
Asbestos, a known human carcinogen, is linked to a variety of diseases, including asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asbestos is responsible for more than 107,000 deaths each year. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. imported more than 1,000 metric tons of asbestos between 2010 and 2011.
Baron and Budd is a 2013 Platinum-level sponsor of ADAO, and is proud to support the organization’s efforts for asbestos patients.
ADAO’s Ninth Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference will be March 22-24 in Washington, D.C.
About Baron & Budd, P.C.
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a 30-year history of "Protecting What's Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd's size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as water contamination, Gulf oil spill, Qui Tam, California Proposition 65 violations, dangerous medications and medical devices, Chinese drywall, insurance claims, consumer fraud, securities fraud and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma. Learn more about the mesothelioma attorneys at Baron & Budd.