The Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act, known as Senate Bill 411, approved in West Virginia, was carried out on Tuesday. This could mean promising things for West Virginia residents who suffer from asbestos-related diseases.
The new bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Tom Takubo, puts legal standards in place for both asbestos claims and silica claims. It helps claimants understand the criteria needed to file a mesothelioma claim for the asbestos trust fund, such as medical requirements and the state’s statute of limitations for these types of cases.
Takubo is also a pulmonologist who has seen many people suffer from the devastating effects of asbestos-related diseases. He recently stated that the new bill is exactly what West Virginia needs.
“I am so very pleased that the Legislature and governor have followed my lead to rightly protect and preserve the trusts for those suffering from asbestos disease so that the patients and their families will be finally protected for generations to come.”
The new bill, according to an asbestos attorney, will give priority to those who are living with an asbestos illness, which includes those with non-malignant asbestos diseases.
“The law’s medical criteria for nonmalignant asbestos and silica claims will give priority to deserving claimants by requiring plaintiffs to be sick to sue. The bill had broad bipartisan support, and the Governor deserves credit for signing it into law.”
Unfortunately, numerous people began abusing asbestos trust funds in the past, which hindered those deserving compensation from getting what they rightfully deserve in a timely manner. Senate Bill 411 puts a stop to that, according to the executive director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, Roman Stauffer.
“Abuse of the asbestos trust claims process is widespread, and this legislation will shed much-needed daylight on how trusts are being run and cut down on widespread fraud in trust claims and litigation. Greed and misrepresentation of facts are rampant in the system, and future legitimate victims of asbestos exposure are losing out to those factors in our present system.”
The most important aspects of the new bill is helping sick people who were exposed to asbestos get the compensation they deserve. Asbestos was used for numerous years in a variety of products in West Virginia. A myriad of West Virginia workers were exposed to the toxic while working at job sites that used asbestos-containing products.
Even after the public was made aware of the dangers of asbestos, former president of the West Virginia Association for Justice, Anthony Majestro, indicated that asbestos-containing products were still found on store shelves in the state for many years.
“More importantly, it ensures that very sick people are compensated for their exposure to a deadly product that was kept on the market for decades after its dangers were well known. West Virginia’s case management order is working, and it should be a model for any state that has asbestos claims.”
The Fatal Effects of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure has been confirmed to be the culprit of life-threatening illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. When someone inhales asbestos fibers, it’s almost impossible for the body to rid of all of them. Asbestos fibers are thin, odorless, and undetectable to the human eye. Most people have no when how much asbestos they may have inhaled.
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos or even if you are unsure, it’s important to get routine medical checkups as soon as possible. If you have an asbestos illness, treatment is more effective if the disease is caught in its early stages.
Information and Helpful Resources for Asbestos Victims
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other illness due to asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our contact form today to get free brochures from the top mesothelioma lawyers in your area. For more than 20 years, we’ve been helping families successfully connect with the best mesothelioma attorneys. With over $30 billion currently in asbestos trust funds, now is the right time to take the first step in determining what you may qualify for.