Many people believe that asbestos has long been banned, but that’s far from the truth. It’s still used in several products including shingles, car brakes, chalkboards and more.
East Alton, IL (PRWEB) March 23, 2012
The U.S. Senate recently passed S. Res. 389, designating April 1-7 “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” The resolution, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, will help raise public awareness about the magnitude of asbestos use in the United States and the dangers of asbestos exposure.
The Simmons Firm, a national complex litigation known for representing asbestos victims, commends Sen. Baucus for introducing the bill and Sen. Richard Durbin and others for co-sponsoring the bill. This important week gives victims of asbestos-related diseases across the country an opportunity to share their stories with their communities.
“National Asbestos Awareness Week provides the mesothelioma community a valuable platform to help us inform the public about the very real dangers of asbestos exposure,” said Perry Browder, an attorney with Simmons. “Many people believe that asbestos has long been banned, but that’s far from the truth. It’s still used in several products including shingles, car brakes, chalkboards and more.”
Since the early 1940s, millions of American workers have been exposed to asbestos, according to the National Cancer Institute. Health hazards from asbestos fibers have been recognized in workers exposed in the shipbuilding trades, asbestos mining and milling, manufacturing of asbestos textiles and other asbestos products, insulation work in the construction and building trades, and a variety of other trades.
This year National Asbestos Awareness Week begins with the 8th Annual International Asbestos Conference, organized by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, March 30-April 1 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Simmons Firm, a platinum sponsor, is the longest running sponsor of the event.
“We are committed to supporting ADAO and its mission to promote education and advocacy about the dangers of asbestos,” said Browder. “Having represented asbestos victims for over ten years, I have seen first-hand the pain and difficulty a mesothelioma diagnosis causes my clients and their families. Organizations like ADAO give me hope that there will be total ban on asbestos that prevents people from becoming exposed to this fatal toxin.”
The conference will feature several national and international anti-asbestos advocates. In addition, well-known medical experts will present the latest research on finding a mesothelioma cure and patients will share their stories about living with an asbestos-related disease diagnosis.
Learn more about activities planned for National Asbestos Awareness Week.
About the Simmons Firm:
The Simmons Firm, headquartered in Alton, Ill., is one of the country’s leading asbestos and mesothelioma litigation firms. With offices in Illinois, Missouri and California, the firm has represented thousands of patients and families affected by mesothelioma in every state. The Simmons Firm has pledged over $15 million to cancer research and proudly supports mesothelioma medical researchers throughout the country in order to find a cure. For more information about the Simmons Firm, visit http://www.simmonsfirm.com.