New Films Focusing on Asbestos, Lawsuits, are Met with Support

A pair of recently released documentary films are attempting to help the public gain awareness regarding the dangers of the asbestos industry and the benefits that legal action can have for individuals who want to get back at companies that have harmed them.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) recently announced 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 her father from asbestos diseases caused by work in Canadian mines.

The film also addresses the controversy surrounding the Canadian asbestos industry. The screening will precede a fifteen minute question and answer session via Twitter with Mullen and ADAO Co-Founder Linda Reinstein.

“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 Reinstein.

Hot Coffee is another film that recently premiered on HBO as part of the network’s Summer Documentary Series. While not dealing with asbestos lawsuits directly – it tells the story of Stella Liebeck, an elderly woman who sued McDonald’s for money she needed to cover medical costs after the restaurant’s coffee severely burned her – mesothelioma support groups have come out in support of the film since mesothelioma lawsuits are similar in many ways to Liebeck’s suit and faced similar criticism over the years.

For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by a product or former employer, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about your rights, and to see if pursuing a mesothelioma settlement is in your best interest.