July 12, 2012 – The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s president and co-founder, Linda Reinstein, has traveled to the Galway Film Festival in Ireland to participate in a panel discussion today on asbestos- related disease. Following a showing of the documentary, “Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial,” Ms. Reinstein will discuss the global impact that the continued use of asbestos-containing products has on human lives and the environment.
“Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial” is a documentary that focuses on the first criminal environmental trial in Italy where two corporate executives were found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison for the deaths of over 3,000 people in the Italian village of Turnin. The Eternit Company was the leader in asbestos-containing cement industry in Italy for decades, but the company failed to properly inform and protect its workers. As a result, 3,000 villagers lost their lives from asbestos-related diseases. Over 6,000 plaintiffs brought suit against Eternit executives Stephen Schmidlheny and Louis Cartier, holding them solely responsible for what they called a health and environmental disaster.
ADOA Works to Ban Asbestos-Containing Products Still in Use Today Despite Confirmation as a Carcinogenic
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADOA) is dedicated to promoting awareness through advocacy, education, and community support. With statistics showing over 10,000 deaths each year from mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related cancers and illnesses, the ADOA focuses its efforts on lobbying Congress to ban the manufacture and use of asbestos products. It also works to educate the public by providing the latest information available on prevention strategies, medical treatment options, and fostering support networks for victims of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is a fibrous material that was commonly used as an insulator in building materials for decades. When the asbestos fibers are exposed and become airborne, they are easily inhaled. The fibers can also be transported on the clothing, hair, and skin of those exposed to asbestos. Once the fibers enter the lungs, they can lie dormant for 20 years or more, but once mesothelioma or asbestosis has been diagnosed, it is always fatal. Prevention of these diseases depends on education and proper training on the safe handling of the material. The use of safety and protective equipment are imperative to limiting exposure.
Shein Law Helps Victims of Asbestos Exposure Seek Justice and Compensation
The asbestos attorneys at Shein Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, understand the impact that asbestos-related disease has on the lives of its victims and their loved ones. A diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer can devastate families financially and emotionally. At Shein Law, we focus on helping victims of asbestos exposure seek justice and get the compensation they deserve. If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, call us to discuss your options. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and combine years of experience, diligence and passion to get you successful results. Call our Philadelphia office today at 1-877-SheinLaw or contact us online.