The overwhelming impact that mesothelioma has on victims and families can be stopped only when there is a complete ban on asbestos.
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 29, 2011
New York mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck voiced his agreement with an article recently published in the International Journal of Environment and Health that called for a total global ban on asbestos.
According to the article, only 52 of the 194 nations in the world prohibit the import, export, and use of asbestos. Asbestos exposure has been linked to mesothelioma—a cancer of the lining of the lungs, chest, or abdomen—and other related diseases.
Due to its heat- and fire-resistant properties, the material was popular in the construction, shipbuilding, and automobile industries. Asbestos still can be found in many buildings and homes in floor tiles, ceilings, insulation, and piping.
“As an advocate for mesothelioma victims, I’ve seen the effect that asbestos exposure can have on both the victims and their families,” say Belluck. “The overwhelming impact that mesothelioma has on victims and families can be stopped only when there is a complete ban on asbestos.”
The authors of the journal article point out that there are safer alternatives to asbestos, making the production and use of asbestos hard to understand. The authors note that at least 125 million workers worldwide are exposed to asbestos today, with 20 to 40 percent of adult men reporting past occupations that might have exposed them to asbestos.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can appear 10 to 60 years after exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2,700 people in the United States die each year from mesothelioma.
About Belluck & Fox, LLP
The mesothelioma law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP represents victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease, as well as individuals with claims related to medical malpractice, motorcycle crashes, lead paint, and other serious injuries. Their attorneys have won almost $350 million in compensation for clients and their families.
Partner Joseph W. Belluck received an AV Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, and he is listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and Super Lawyers. He has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco, and lead paint. He recently settled an asbestos case for more than $12 million.
Partner Jordan Fox, a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney, has been named to Super Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America, and New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area.” Two of his verdicts have been featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year.
In September 2010, Belluck & Fox, LLP garnered a coveted spot on a list of America’s best law firms published jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine. The listing highlighted 8.782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas.
For more information about the firm, please use the online contact form at http://www.mesotheliomacounsel.com or call 877-695-2909.