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Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”
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Reinstein: "Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives”

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Linda Reinstein's presentation from the Workers' Injury & Law Advocacy Group conference in Chicago on July 26, 2012.

Linda Reinstein's presentation from the Workers' Injury & Law Advocacy Group conference in Chicago on July 26, 2012.

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  • Physical – Worker unable to help around the home or with necessary responsibilities Financial – Often, workers are primary earners for family, and when on disability, income may not be enough to support their familyEmotionally – Family members must deal with constant feelings of grief, anger, etc, which can impact their lives negatively in ways not covered Pyscho-social – Worker and members of their family may become detached from their social circle
  • Often, when a worker is diagnosed with an occupational disease, it can feel like there is a “perfect storm” that must be battled. With occupational diseases caused by asbestos, there is the problem of a late onset period. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases typically do not present until 30+ years after exposureFew treatment options are available, which only buy more time, rather than provide a cureProof that the occupational disease in question is truly the responsibility of the company paying benefits is a difficult process to navigate. Asbestos is a mineral than cannot be seen, tasted, touched, or smelled, which places the onus of a large burden of proof on the victim, who has many other problems to deal with and cannot often afford the time and energy needed to provide all the necessary documents. A long waiting period for benefits causes more stress and sadly, many patients never live to see their benefits realized. Small amounts of money are given and one must first deal with bureaucratic red tape before even seeing a minor amount.
  • The United States imported 1,100 metric tons of asbestos between July 2010 – July 2011. 92% of this asbestos comes from Canada. Though this figure is the lowest amount of asbestos imported by the U.S. since 1909, consumption increased by 6% over this last calendar year. By continuing to allow asbestos to be imported and used within the United States, more and more people will be exposed through everyday products, such as roofing materials
  • “The Lancet Medical Journal report is the first comprehensive cancer study of New York City Firefighters after 9/11. This federally funded study shows firefighters working at the site had ten percent more cancers than the general public and 19 percent more cancers than firemen not involved. In all, there were 263 cancers among almost nine thousand exposed firefighters.”[2]“The study clearly shows that World Trade Center exposure in these firefighters led to an increase in all types of cancer,” said David Prezant, FDNY chief medical officer and one of the co-authors of the study published Thursday in The Lancet. “But this is not an epidemic — thank God.”[3]http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/6712
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    • 1. Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group “Asbestos: The Cost in Dollars and Lives” Chicago, Illinois July 26, 2012 LINDA REINSTEIN Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) President/CEO and Co-Founder linda@adao.usReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 2. ADAO Memorial Dedication Larry 1945 – 2012 Mesothelioma Victim United StatesReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 3. ALAN REINSTEIN former ADAO President Mesothelioma VictimReinstein 7.26.2012 May 2005 May 2006
    • 4. Education. Advocacy. Community.Reinstein 7.26.2012 www.adao.us
    • 5. Asbestos is a Proven Human Carcinogen and There is No Safe Level of ExposureReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 6. “Victim”: The Only Word that Describes • A patient, living or deceased, who was diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease • Person exposed to asbestos • Family member of those exposed or diagnosed • DecedentReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 7. Convoluted Path from Exposure to Diagnosis •1. Latency Period is 10 – 50 years from Exposure to Diagnosis •2. Confusing and Indirect Medical History Inquiries •3. Common Symptoms • Slight persistent cough • Chest pain • Difficulty breathing • Pleural effusion •4. Uncommon Asbestos-Caused Diseases • Mesothelioma (Pleural and Peritoneal) • Cancers • Pleural Plaques • Asbestosis
    • 8. How Small is Asbestos? 2-3 rice grains 20,000 Asbestos Fibers 5-6 human hairsReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 9. Notable Persons Exposed to Asbestos• Steve McQueen, Actor• Warren Zevon, Musician• Merlin Olsen, NFL Player, Los Angeles Rams• Malcolm McLearen, Musician and Manager• Hamilton Jordan, Chief of Staff under President Carter• Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Chief of Naval Operations• Richard Hernstein, Author• Paul Gleason, Actor• Bruce Vento, U.S. Representative Reinstein 7.25.2012
    • 10. The Collateral Damage Asbestos • New Patient Profile • Woman • Under the age of 50 • Environmental or Take-Home Exposure • 10,000 annual asbestos-caused deaths in the USA • 107,000 annual asbestos-caused deaths globally • 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year within the United StatesReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 11. Alan’s mesothelioma medical expenses exceeded $1,000,000
    • 12. President’s Cancer Panel “Construction workers were found to be 11 times more likely to develop mesothelioma, due to asbestos exposures at the site.”Reinstein 7.26.2012
    • 13. Occupational Diseases are Not an Accident The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2012 by Joe LaDou • Occupational diseases affect 1 in 5 Americans • However, only 1 in 20 victims receive workers’ comp benefits • Those with occupational cancer, less than 1 in 100 workers receive benefits • The costs of workers’ compensation are largely evaded by state agencies and private insurers by amending state laws or cost shifting • Because workers’ compensation is a state by state basis, there is no central authority, which leads to “self-perpetuating bureaucracies” that are “interested only in redesigns as opposed to reform”Reinstein 7.26.2012
    • 14. The True Cost of Disability and Death “For each life lost, a shattered family is left behind” • Physical • Financial • Emotional • PsychosocialReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 15. “Perfect Storm” of Chaos • Diagnosis • Treatment • Burden of proof • Processing compensation claims • Delayed compensation • State lawsReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 16. Reinstein 7.26.2012
    • 17. Occupational Exposure Under the Steps of the CapitolReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 18. “As many as 35 million homes and businesses are insulated lethal asbestos- tainted vermiculite.” “Ten years ago, then EPA investigator Kevin McDermott crawled through an attic in Manchester, Wash., confirming the presence of 130 bags of asbestos-containing Zonolite insulation.”Reinstein 7.26.2012
    • 19. Environmental Exposure: Natural and Man-made Disasters W.R. Grace Vermiculite Mine Joplin, MO Libby, MTReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 20. Catastrophic Fallout of 9/11 September 11, 2011 StudyReinstein 7.26.2012
    • 21. Linda@adao.us
    • 22. Reinstein 7.26.2012
    • 23. Reinstein 7.26.2012
    • 24. “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people tochange the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margret Meade Linda@adao.us

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