One of the more heartbreaking aspects of mesothelioma and asbestos cancer is that, despite the devastation that the diseases take on the families they effect, the public is largely not aware of the illnesses and the toll they take.
Thankfully, a pair of new films are attempting to raise awareness regarding the dangers of the asbestos industry and the legal options that individuals have to punish the companies that have harmed them. The films are already gaining a great deal of attention across the country.
In an attempt to raise awareness regarding the horrors of asbestos, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) announced last month that it would be hosting an international livestreaming of the film Breathless on its website on September 26 at 6:30 pm EST. The film, which was directed by Canadian filmmaker Kathleen Mullen, details the death of Mullens’ father that was caused by asbestos exposure in Canadian mines while also addressing the controversy surrounding the Canadian asbestos industry.
“ADAO is thrilled to be able to bring this critical issue to the forefront through the incredible film, Breathtaking. It is through the new avenues of digital technology and social media that we are seeing awareness about asbestos hazards expand rapidly around the globe,” said ADAO Co-Founder Linda Reinstein.
The film will precede a fifteen-minute question and answer session via Twitter with Mullen and Reinstein.
Another film, Hot Coffee, recently premiered on HBO as part of the network’s Summer Documentary Series. The movie looks at American civil justice and tells the story of Stella Liebeck, an elderly woman who sued McDonald’s for money to cover medical costs after the restaurant’s coffee severely burned her. Despite the uproar over the product liability lawsuit filed by Lieback, the film supports the legal action she took.
Many mesothelioma support groups have come out in support of the film, asmesothelioma lawsuits are similar in many ways to the case filed by Liebeck and have come under fire in recent years as well.
Hopefully Breathtaking and Hot Coffee will both help to increase the public’s awareness regarding asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos by using certain products or working for certain companies and have subsequently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there may be legal options worth pursuing to obtain a mesothelioma settlement. Contact a mesothelioma attorney if you have any questions about the details of asbestos law and what is needed to pursue a settlement from the manufacturer of the asbestos product.