Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 07, 2012
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will award half a million dollars to research to develop treatments and a cure for mesothelioma. The foundation’s Feb. 16 announcement on the website said the $500,000 would fund the best five proposed research topics. As a contributor to the foundation, Shrader & Associates, LLP is pleased to see money designated to this important work, said attorney Ross Stomel.
In addition to funding its research on its own, the foundation advocates in Washington, D.C. for federal funding, according to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s website. Including the newest projects, the foundation has funded 76 research projects. It is also a resource of information for mesothelioma patients.
“Our mission to cure mesothelioma is clear and we won’t stop until it’s accomplished,” the foundation’s executive director Kathy Wiedemer said in the announcement.
Mesothelioma is a cancer in the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Many of the current treatment options for mesothelioma are limited in their effects, and there is currently no cure. The cancer is especially difficult to treat because of its latent nature, and because symptoms often don’t begin to show until the cancer is already in its advanced stages.
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, a fiber that was once widely used in construction and manufacturing.Asbestos fibers are long and thin, and when they’re inhaled they can embed themselves in the lungs’ lining. Over decades, the fibers irritate the tissue, and tumors can form.
A push for bans on asbestos use came with more public awareness of the danger the fiber posed to workers and anyone else who might come into contact, but cases of mesothelioma continue to be diagnosed because of the disease’s long latency period. Employers and manufacturers who failed to protect their employees and communities from exposure often face legal repercussions for the injury they caused.
“Shrader & Associates takes on the legal side of the fight against mesothelioma,” Stomel said. “Patients deserve compensation for the pain and medical bills they face after diagnosis.”
Members of the asbestos industry need to be held responsible for the negligence that led to this disease.
The firm offers a free complimentary legal consultation to help families understand their legal rights. For assistance with this choice, individuals should call (888) 637-6236 or visit http://www.shraderlaw.com.
Shrader & Associates is a leading national law firm that specializes in representing individuals harmed by asbestos. These dedicated professionals have extensive experience handling mesothelioma cases.