Jordan Zevon Becomes Spokesperson for Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

ADAO Created as a Public Voice for Those Affected by Asbestos Diseases

REDONDO BEACH, CA - September 10, 2004 - The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has announced that Jordan Zevon has agreed to be its national spokesperson. Jordan Zevon is the son of legendary musician, Warren Zevon, who lost his life last year to mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos (Press Release, August 31, 2004).

An independent group founded by asbestos victims and their families, ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice so that their rights are protected. This includes the right to medical research and treatments for asbestos diseases, the right to file suits based on the merits of individual asbestos-related claims, and the right to fair compensation.

ADAO has launched to inform the public about asbestos. Committee members are expected to include individuals and groups representing professions that have a high risk for asbestos exposure such as shipbuilders, firefighters, and construction workers. It may also include physicians specializing in pulmonology and oncology. The goals of the coalition are to:

  • Unite concerned citizens about asbestos.
  • Alert those who are commonly exposed to asbestos.
  • Educate the medical community about asbestos diseases.
  • Advise legislators on asbestos issues.
  • Increase funding for new treatments and a cure for asbestos diseases.
  • Support safe and effective asbestos removal.
  • Support a ban on asbestos use.

Asbestos Diseases Can Take Years to Develop

Asbestos exposure can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. These diseases take decades to develop, often as long as 40 years from the date of initial asbestos exposure. Asbestosis is a scarring of the lungs that results in shortness of breath, debility, and fatigue. Bronchodilators and supplemental oxygen may be used to improve breathing, but asbestosis is not curable.

At Brayton Purcell, we have seen the full range of asbestos diseases from lung scarring to mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma, or another asbestos-related disease, please contact our asbestos attorneys to learn about your legal options.