During Asbestos Awareness Week, Weitz & Luxenberg Pledges to Counter Ignorance of Toxic Mineral’s Health Consequences

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Diagnosis of diseases caused by exposure to asbestos is no easy task because public awareness of the toxic mineral and its effects are so woefully inadequate, according to asbestos attorneys with the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg. The New York-based firm took the occasion of National Asbestos Awareness Week 2012 to announce its intent to step up education efforts aimed at better informing the nation about asbestos.

Misdiagnosis of asbestosis is a common problem...in part because symptoms – coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain – resemble those of other, more common diseases

With National Asbestos Awareness Week now at its midpoint, the mass-torts and personal-injury litigation law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, PC, today announced it intends to launch multiple initiatives aimed at boosting public awareness about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases.

Frank M. Ortiz, Esq., one of the firm’s top asbestos lawyers, said that the awareness initiatives are imperative – not only because asbestos has yet to be banned in the United States, but because public misconceptions concerning the toxic industrial mineral may in itself impair the ability of physicians to effectively treat asbestosis and related diseases.

The misdiagnosis of asbestosis is a common problem, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, in part because symptoms – coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain – resemble those of other, more common diseases.

“Diagnosis can also be elusive due to the lack of public awareness about asbestosis,” said Ortiz. “Not knowing about the disease and its cause can result in patients failing to mention to their doctor a history of asbestos exposure.”

Ortiz added that Weitz &Luxenberg “wishes to take the occasion of this Asbestos Awareness Week to help spread the message about asbestos and the harm it causes. Thousands of people every year are killed by asbestos, many without even knowing they are in danger.”

Weitz & Luxenberg maintains a massive asbestos litigation practice that annually helps thousands of people harmed by asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, Ortiz noted.

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral commonly used as an insulating material. It can fragment into deadly microscopic sized fibers. If inhaled, these fibers can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis. National Asbestos Awareness Week – authorized by Congress to call attention to the health plight of the millions of people exposed to the toxic mineral (thousands of whom die each year) – aims to curtail the impact of these diseases by promoting awareness about the dangers of asbestos.

About Weitz & Luxenberg:

Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks among the nation’s leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg has secured more than $6.5 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients. The firm's numerous practice areas include: asbestos and mesothelioma, defective medicines and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg’s more than 25 years of handling such cases – begin by contacting the firm’s Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or at clientrelations@Weitzlux.com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information: http://www.Weitzlux.com

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