Weitz & Luxenberg Appalled By Undercounting of Worldwide Mesothelioma Cases

Contributors to the Environmental Health Perspective Journal (EHP) released a disturbing study showing underreporting of mesothelioma cases in many countries. Weitz & Luxenberg believes that the deliberate underreporting of mesothelioma cases is not only socially irresponsible, but it is detrimental to the well-being of populations around the world. 

NEW YORK--()--According to data released by the Environmental Health Perspective (EHP), Mesothelioma cases are either minimally reported, or completely overlooked.  It is estimated that as many as 20% of global mesothelioma cases are not reported.

The EHP is the first to pioneer such a study, which focused on 89 different nations, including The United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, Japan and Great Britain, which rank as world leaders in asbestos use.

Weitz & Luxenberg has spearheaded mesothelioma, and other asbestos related cases for over two decades. We have secured numerous verdicts and settlements on behalf of people afflicted by mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer or asbestosis, and their loved ones.  Frank Ortiz, a leading Weitz & Luxenberg Asbestos Unit Attorney issued the following statement:

“I am outraged by the findings of the EHP, that 20% of mesothelioma cases are undocumented.  For too long, negligent corporations, knowing the health risks associated with asbestos exposure, have skirted their responsibilities, by failing to protect their workers.  To minimalize the asbestos problem, is to deny its magnitude.”

Part of what makes Mesothelioma especially deadly is its long latency period. Its symptoms are not apparent until years after exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen. Those with jobs with high exposure to asbestos including welders, pipe fitters, engineers, shipbuilders and boilermakers are most susceptible to mesothelioma, because asbestos is a widely used building material.

The EHP studied the relationship between the level of asbestos use in each of the 89 countries between 1920 and 1970, and mesothelioma fatalities reported between 1994 and 2008. They found that cumulative asbestos use in the 89 countries equaled over 65 million metric tons between 1920 and 1970 alone. In developed countries, such as The United States and Germany, approximately 174,300 deaths were reported between 1994-2008.

Ken Takahashi, of the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Japan, who co-authored the study, stated:

 “Our most important finding is the magnitude of unreported mesothelioma in countries that use asbestos at substantial levels but report no cases of the disease.”

Those who have been affected by mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer or asbestosis are encouraged to contact Weitz & Luxenberg. Contact our Client Relations Department via phone at 1-800- 476- 6070 or by email: clientrelations@weitzlux.com. Be sure to visit our firm’s website at www.weitzlux.com.

Weitz & Luxenberg was founded by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg in 1986 and is one of the leading Plaintiffs’ firms in The United States. We specialize in national and local litigations, including Mesothelioma, Defective Medicines and Devices, Environmental Pollution, Accidents, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice.  We are devoted to providing quality legal counsel and representation to our clients.

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Client Relations Department
Jennifer Rosenbaum, 1-800-476-6070
www.weitzlux.com

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Client Relations Department
Jennifer Rosenbaum, 1-800-476-6070
www.weitzlux.com