REDONDO BEACH, CA - October 27, 2006 - The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a group created by asbestos victims and their families, has announced a new online campaign to alert people to the dangers of asbestos. Aneducational video recounts the story of a man who is battling an asbestos disease and reminds us that asbestos has still not been banned in the United States.
Over 10,000 Americans die from asbestos diseases each year. The substance remains in many houses and other buildings, especially in older floor tiles, roof shingles, siding, insulation and joint compounds. It is also contained in older car brakes and in over 3,000 consumer products.
"Many people do not realize that asbestos continues to permeate our lives and that it is not banned in the United States ...," said ADAO Executive Director Linda Reinstein (Press Release, October 19, 2006). "Paul Zygielbaum, who is featured in the video, is fighting asbestos disease and reminds us all that there is hope and strength in unity. We must continue to work together to ban its [asbestos] use and fuel critical research and education efforts that can save lives."
The ADAO is also sponsoring an "Asbestos Awareness Day" and conference on April 1, 2007 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. This is the third annual ADAO conference. Although no details are yet available, last year's conference focused on asbestos disease risks, treatment options and research. It also included sessions on asbestos legislation, victims' support groups and resources.
Brayton Purcell will provide information about the upcoming conference as it becomes available. You may also periodically check the ADAO web site.
As asbestos disease attorneys who have witnessed first-hand the tragedy of asbestos diseases, we strongly support the efforts of the ADAO in calling for a ban on asbestos and raising the national consciousness about its hazards. We are active in the fight against asbestos legislation that would harm asbestos victims and minimize their rights.