Take Justice Back Honors National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

H.R. 982 would delay justice for Americans like Joe, who died from mesothelioma

Washington, DC—Today marks National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  Take Justice Back is honoring those we have lost to mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, by fighting to protect their rights in Congress

After leaving the army, Joe spent 20 years working for a local water company. Part of his job included working with cement pipes-exposing him to asbestos.

A few years back, Joe began experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing, which his doctors diagnosed as mesothelioma. After his diagnosis, Joe underwent many horrific and invasive medical procedures, dramatic weight loss, and a very painful battle that ultimately took his life.

Joe left behind his children and his wife of 28 years. Adding insult to Joe’s untimely death, lawmakers are now considering H.R. 982 which allows asbestos companies like the one Joe worked for – who was responsible for his cancer – to avoid responsibility.

“I know personally from some of my very first clients how terrible a disease mesothelioma is,” said AAJ President Burton LeBlanc. “We must honor the mesothelioma warriors today and every day by protecting their access to justice in the court room.”

H.R. 982 is part of the latest tactic implemented to let Big Asbestos off the hook by burying the system in paperwork and denying justice to asbestos victims across the country.

Take Justice Back is urging activists to stand up against Big Asbestos and tell Congress to put Americans–especially our veterans–over corporate interests.

To learn more about asbestos, visit www.takejusticeback.com/Asbestos.

Facts About Asbestos

  • Veterans make up 30% of all mesothelioma deaths, but only 8% of the American population.
  • Asbestos exposure causes approximately 10,000 deaths every year. 
  • Between 1979 and 2001 approximately 230,000 people died from asbestos-related causes. 
  • Asbestos is still legal in the United States.
  • Time is of the essence – most victims of asbestos-related diseases die within one to two years after diagnosis.