As if it were not enough that those exposed to asbestos in their working lives can develop mesothelioma or asbestosis, the House Judiciary Committee of the US Congress has passed a bill last month that would make it harder for plaintiffs injured by asbestos to get fair compensation, as reported by the New York Times.
The Republican bill, known as the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) of 2013, would allow asbestos companies to demand information from the trusts for virtually any reason, forcing the trusts to devote limited resources to responding to fishing expeditions that will slow the process of paying claims. This bill would make it harder for plaintiffs injured by asbestos to get fair compensation.
Millions of workers were injured by asbestos over the years and thousands of suits have been filed against asbestos companies. They often were aware of the dangers but concealed the risks from workers and from the public. Dozens of companies declared bankruptcy and established trusts, financed with company money, to pay the present and future claims against them. Unfortunately the trusts typically pay only a small percentage of the value of a claim. Where companies have not gone bankrupt, plaintiffs are also free to sue them directly.
If you are affected then it is important to get help from a firm that deals with asbestos litigation. They will be aware of what can be done on a number of fronts in addition to pursuing the appropriate litigation route. They can liaise with councils to get clients rehoused, speak to medical staff to ensure the best treatment is given and liaise with the benefit agencies to ensure that patients and their families get everything available to them. The following link is a good entry point to what can be done: http://www.asbestosvictimadvice.com