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I recently read an article that does a great disservice to the thousands of Americans who become cancer victims every year due to asbestos exposure.

They suggest that the asbestos bankruptcies are a concoction of unscrupulous trial lawyers. Yes, some lawyers have taken advantage of a bad situation, unscrupulously filing multiple claims or claims on behalf of people who are not actually sick. But they neglect to point out that most trial lawyers represent actual victims of asbestos exposure, and that thousands of these victims die each year and many more are sick because for decades the asbestos industry ignored -- and sometimes covered up -- the scientific evidence linking asbestos exposure to serious illness, including the fatal cancer mesothelioma, for which there is no cure.

Thousands of individuals are diagnosed every year in the United States with mesothelioma. I am 54 years old, a law professor, a wife, and a mother of three boys. I was diagnosed with mesothelioma four years ago as a result of my being exposed to asbestos as a young girl when my parents repaired dry wall and ceiling tiles in our St. Louis home and my father brought home asbestos fibers on his clothes from his job as a brake mechanic.

Most experts agree that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. It is the asbestos companies -- not the trial lawyers -- that are defrauding the American public by suggesting that asbestos in houses, schools and public buildings do not present a serious health hazard.


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I am very sorry to hear of your situation. Until recently I was unaware of the dangers of secondary asbestos exposure. I ran accross this article this morning and thought I would share it. It appears that at least some governments are admitting this is a valid concern.

MoD admits 'cancer hug' mesothelioma liability

A woman today won a compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence after she said hugging her dockyard worker father caused her cancer.

Debra Brewer suffers from the asbestos-related condition mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer. She said her only possible contact with the chemical was through her father Phillip Northmore...

Read the full article here:

MoD admits 'cancer hug' mesothelioma liability

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