Legislation initiated this session before the Indiana General Assembly could potentially prevent future asbestos lawsuits and affect dozens of currently pending cases in the state of Indiana. House Bill 1061, designed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization that drafts state-level bills, and the National Chamber of Commerce, seeks to immunize manufacturers of asbestos products if more than 10 years pass between exposure to the product and development of disease. This would be devastating to those injured by asbestos as the diseases caused by asbestos do not become diagnosable for at least 10 to sometimes more than 60 years from exposure.
Aside from the 10-year time limit, other parts of the bill would have an immediate impact on cases currently pending in Indiana. One part of the bill would require plaintiffs to file and provide a detailed statement of any settlements they may have received from trust funds established for bankrupt asbestos-related companies and other entities. HB 1061 allows defendants to unnecessarily delay access to the trials for asbestos victims. Further the Bill eliminates certain protections and rights of injured parties while providing asbestos companies more protections and avenues to blame others for these injuries.
At George & Farinas, we are proud of our clients who courageously shared their stories exposing the tragic realities of asbestos exposure. These clients are fighting not only for their own injuries but to protect the rights of others, who one day may be injured by deadly products or environments. Please continue to Oppose HB 1061. Please contact your Indiana State Senators today to voice your opposition to this Bill.