After a 221-199 vote to pass The Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act within the House of Representatives in November, the Senate’s version of the bill has just been released last week.
Officially titled S. 2319, the FACT Act still threatens the rights of the victims of asbestos exposure. Not only would the victim have faced exposure of the deadly substance asbestos, private information and details of their lives will be exposed to the public, affecting their chances for quality health insurance, employment, and privacy of their condition.
In particular, the bill will require asbestos bankruptcy trusts to disclose information on those who have filed claims. The claimants’ exposure histories and health statuses would essentially become public information, while confidential settlements would be made available for the public as well.
As it stands today, the victims of asbestos exposure have a difficult enough of a time fighting for their rights in the court room. These claimants are often senior citizens who have just been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma. Their life expectancy can drop to as little as a few months, and must spend the remaining days of their lives fighting for compensation.
Many asbestos manufacturers and employers of all kinds were aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure and knowingly allowed workers to handle the substance. This has caused these companies much trouble today, as asbestos-related diseases tend to really start affecting an individual decades after exposure has taken place.
If employers and asbestos manufacturers were transparent about the dangers of asbestos exposure all those years ago, asbestos litigation might not seem so opaque today. What do you think? If you are a victim of asbestos exposure as a result of the negligence of an employer or asbestos manufacturer, you are encouraged to fight for your rights in the court room.
Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney today to find out how the FACT Act could affect your claim.