Mesothelioma Awareness Day Appearance In Front of “Today Show” Cameras
Advocates visiting New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza for Mesothelioma Awareness Day on Sept. 26 performed a vital service to the public by educating them about the relatively unknown form of asbestos-related cancer, New York personal injury attorney Joseph W. Belluck said today.
According to the Meso Foundation, volunteers perched on 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a chance to appear on “Today Show” segments that are filmed outdoors.
“Many people may have heard that asbestos is dangerous, but don’t know why,” said Belluck, whose law firm, Belluck & Fox, LLP, recently won separate verdicts in the Supreme Court of New York that collectively exceeded $51 million for two clients with mesothelioma. (Ronald Dummitt and Doris Kay Dummitt v. A.W. Chesterton, et al., No. 190196/10 and Crane Co. and Elliott Turbomachinery Co. No. 090134/10).
“But the fact is that mesothelioma is aggressive and deadly,” Belluck said, “and our firm applauds everyone who works hard to get the word out.”
Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen closely associated with inhaling microscopic asbestos dust. Typically, the symptoms of the disease can take anywhere from 15-50 years to develop after exposure. About 2,500 to 3,000 Americans die each year of mesothelioma and thousands more die of lung cancer related to asbestos.
Asbestos is found in residential and commercial settings today, as well as during renovations of older structures. Asbestos exposure has also been linked with military service, with approximately one-third of mesothelioma cases shown to have involved Navy personnel who worked in shipyards.
“Those are sobering facts for people who risked their lives for our country,” said Belluck. “But it’s not entirely surprising, either. Researchers expect the incidence of mesothelioma to remain elevated above historical levels until 2050.”
Although many nations have banned it, the United States is not one of them. Both the House and Senate have tried to pass asbestos bans in prior years without success.
But there is some good news on the U.S. front, Belluck noted.
“Earlier this month, Congressofficially designated Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day for the first time since the event began in 2004,” the New York lawyer said. “It seems that grassroots efforts have begun to pay off. Even though we still don’t have an asbestos ban, at least we have some indication that the federal government sees how serious a problem that mesothelioma is.”
Medical researchers have yet to find groundbreaking treatment options for people who suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. There is only one approved treatment for mesothelioma that extends average survival by only three months, according to the Meso Foundation. The median survival rate for patients with the disease is just one year.
“Scientists are continuing to look into cellular biology and how genetics play into potential therapies, and that is obviously crucial in order to find possible cures for mesothelioma,” said Belluck. “At Belluck & Fox, our greatest hope is that volunteer efforts, along with medical research, can increase funding for even more studies.
“But until that happens, our lawyers are here to make sure that victims who suffer from this entirely preventable disease are compensated for their sacrifices,” he said.
About Belluck & Fox
Belluck & Fox, LLP, is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims, as well as victims of crime, motorcycle crashes, lead paint and other serious injuries. The firm provides personalized and professional representation and has won over $400 million in compensation for clients and their families.
Partner Joseph W. Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and in Super Lawyers. Mr. Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco and lead paint, including a recent asbestos case that settled for more than $12 million.
Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and to Super Lawyers. On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year. He recently secured verdicts of $32 million and more than $19 million on behalf of individuals who had contracted mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
In September, Belluck & Fox, LLP, won a coveted spot on a list of America’s best law firms, which was published jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine. The listing showcased 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas.
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