Asbestos is a natural mineral that had been lauded as a “miracle” because of its special properties. Asbestos is extremely durable and can resist most chemical reactions as well as fire. As such, asbestos has been mined for centuries and it was increasingly used for a variety of applications around the world. Later on, in its usage, researchers began to realize its dangers. Materials containing asbestos could easily become damaged and cause the invisible, durable fibers to become airborne. When people inhale or ingest these fibers, the asbestos can cause serious damage to the body over many years and develop into cancer or other diseases.
A bill continues to languish in Congress which was designed to resolve many thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits, leaving many waiting for a just resolution as they continue to endure their painful illness without compensation.
Compensation for people who are exposed to asbestos.
According to a study by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) released in September 2004, asbestos continues to be a hazard for more than a million workers in the construction industry and those involved in buildings and equipment maintenance. The study also warns of new products that may contain asbestos. These products may include brake pads, roofing materials, and imported cement pipe and cement sheeting that could expose workers to an increased risk of asbestos-related cancer.
The legislation proposed a trust fund for those suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Although government researchers are reporting a new rush of asbestos-related claims, which is expected to continue over the next 20 years, it was believed when the legislation was first introduced in 2000 that the vast majority of asbestos-related cancer claims were over, and the legislation was designed to take care of the thousands of remaining cases which were clogging up the courts. There are many bills released related to asbestos in many different places who have encounter problem in asbestos, some are approved, others are not and some are still in process.
But for many of the asbestos-related cancer victims, the fact that the legislation continues to be held up has meant many patients have been unable to collect damages owed they are certainly entitled to before death takes its toll.
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