“While most people have heard of asbestos, the truth remains that there are still a lot of misconceptions about its use and its effects,” said Ricky LeBlanc, Managing Attorney, Asbestos at Sokolove Law.
WELLESLEY, MA (PRWEB) April 04, 2013
Sokolove Law, a leader in helping people obtain access to the civil justice system, today dispels the most common myths about asbestos to promote further education and understanding during National Asbestos Awareness Week (NAAW).
“While most people have heard of asbestos, the truth remains that there are still a lot of misconceptions about its use and its effects,” said Ricky LeBlanc, Managing Attorney, Asbestos at Sokolove Law. “It is important to know the facts and be knowledgeable about the diseases it may cause, including mesothelioma, a rare and fatal form of cancer.”
With NAAW taking place from April 1 – 7, 2013, Sokolove Law highlights four of the most widespread myths about asbestos:
Myth #1: Asbestos is banned
Asbestos is still legal to use and is present in many buildings constructed before the 1980s. There are also various consumer goods that contain asbestos, many of which can be found in hardware stores.
Myth #2: Only people who work directly with asbestos are at risk for mesothelioma
Indirect contact with asbestos, or secondhand exposure, is every bit as dangerous as handling the material directly. For instance, the spouses and children of asbestos workers may have been put at risk, especially if the worker came home while wearing asbestos-contaminated clothing.
Myth #3: Asbestos is safe with minimal exposure
There is no such thing as “safe” asbestos exposure. It only takes one fiber to become embedded in the lungs to cause mesothelioma.
Myth #4: The manufacturers of asbestos products that killed so many people got away with it
More than $30 Billion in court-ordered trust money has been set aside for victims and families injured by asbestos exposure. For those still in business, attorneys continue to hold them accountable.
National Asbestos Awareness Week was spearheaded by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), who worked with the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to raise awareness about asbestos. In 2009, the Senate approved S.RES.427 to declare the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.
About Sokolove Law
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