Veterans May Benefit from Asbestos Compensation Fun

An Op-Ed piece by Alabama veterans in the Decatur Daily voices their support for an asbestos compensation fund. Veterans with asbestos related diseases are presently not able to sue the U.S. Government over their contact with asbestos, nor will that change anytime soon. The alternative is to sue the companies who supplied the government, but veterans say most of those companies are bankrupt or don't exist anymore. However, an asbestos bill may provide veterans relief as they would be able to receive compensation provided by insurers and businesses involved in the asbestos industry.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter is hard at work on a bill that would create a national asbestos victims' compensation fund to solve the crisis. The government wouldn't have to pay a penny under this plan. Businesses and insurance companies will pay into the fund. Truly sick victims with asbestos-related illnesses will get paid quickly, without having to hire a trial lawyer or face the uncertainty in the court system.
News Source: Decatur Daily  |  Published: February 21, 2005  |  Read Full Story


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