With over 20 million living US veterans, and given the long latency period
between asbestos exposure and the development of diseases like Mesothelioma,
it stands to reason that asbestos diseases will claim lives of the brave
men & women who gave service to our country.
This week, the Star Tribune reported that Veterans in Wisconsin urged Gov.
Scott Walker to oopose a bill affecting asbestos-exposure lawsuits and
denying justice to victims. The proposal would require plaintiffs who
suffer from asbestos exposure to reveal how many businesses their attorneys
plan to sue. They would also have to file claims to asbestos Trusts before
they sue in court.
If you think that the bill is protecting the rights of victims, it is not.
It is about protecting corporations," said a tearful Renee Simpson,
state commander of the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars. She displayed
a photograph of her dad, a U.S. Army veteran who died in 2019, nine months
after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
Opponents of the bill, including Wisconsin Senate Democrats say the bill
is designed to slow lawsuits down in the hopes plaintiffs will die and
thereby protect corporations from making payouts.
At George & Farinas, we have worked with Navy veterans with Mesothelioma
and other asbestos diseases for years. We are familiar with laws specific
to military veterans and work closely with clients who are need of assistance
with their Veteran's benefits