Americans Need to Continue Learning About Asbestos Dangers After National Asbestos Awareness Week Ends – Weitz & Luxenberg

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National Asbestos Awareness Week concludes tomorrow, but Weitz & Luxenberg today promised no letup of its efforts to educate about asbestos. The New York-based law firm said asbestos is a toxic mineral still found in many homes and workplaces despite government restrictions.

As mesothelioma lawyers, we are prepared to do our part to keep educating on a daily basis

Americans need to keep learning of the dangers of asbestos, even after National Asbestos Awareness Week draws to a close Saturday, said the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, PC, in today announcing that it will aggressively continue efforts to educate about the toxic industrial mineral still found in many homes and workplaces.

“Reaching as many as possible with the message that asbestos exposure leads to incurable lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, asbestosis and other diseases is a goal that can only be achieved if efforts to educate are as ambitious during the rest of the year as they’ve been throughout National Asbestos Awareness Week,” said the New York-based mass-tort and personal-injury litigation law firm in a prepared statement.

“As mesothelioma lawyers, we are prepared to do our part to keep educating on a daily basis,” the statement continued. “We believe that broadly acquainting the U.S. population with the dangers posed by asbestos should be a national priority. It distresses us that most people remain unaware that asbestos is found inside homes and workplaces. If every American could get the message about asbestos, people would be in a better position to take action to safeguard themselves and their families. There also would likely be an outcry for new laws making it easier to seek and obtain justice for the harms asbestos causes.”

National Asbestos Awareness Week – brought into existence by a U.S. Senate resolution – began April 1. By contrast, Weitz & Luxenberg’s work with asbestos victims started more than 25 years earlier, the firm said, adding that it has secured on their behalf verdicts and settlements totaling multiple billions of dollars (the firm’s most recent example of such success involved a substantial sum paid in settlement to a New York man and to the estates of eight deceased others who all claimed they developed lung cancer at least in part because of workplace exposure to asbestos and not solely owing to their habit of heavy smoking [docket No. 1081362002, New York Supreme Court, Manhattan]. Weitz & Luxenberg attorney Dana Northcraft, Esq., who co-represented the nine, contended this settlement demonstrates that plaintiffs who smoked heavily can still sue and be compensated for asbestos-exposure injury; her colleague, attorney Samuel Meirowitz, Esq., said asbestos-exposure victims – whether or not they smoked – should never hesitate to seek justice because the “science shows asbestos exposure can cause lung disease.”)

Asbestos is a mineral that earlier in American history found wide application in consumer, industrial and military wares, Weitz & Luxenberg explained in its statement. “Unfortunately, tiny fibers from those products can embed in the lungs of individuals in proximity,” the statement noted. “Once there, those fibers can remain trapped for decades until an asbestos cancer erupts and brings fatal consequences to the innocent victim.”


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 and ask for a free legal consultation. More information:

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