Indiana House Bill 1061 is currently before the Indiana House Judiciary Committee and will be voted on in less than one week. The new bill will eliminate the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries from asbestos exposure to recover compensation for their injuries and medical costs. Instead, Indiana House Bill 1061 protects the companies who made deadly asbestos products and knowingly sold them to the general public.
Provisions repealed by the bill will affect product liability cases that are based on:
- Property damage resulting from asbestos
- Personal injury, disability, disease, or death resulting from exposure to asbestos
HB 1061 will require certain disclosures for asbestos bankruptcy trust claims in civil asbestos actions. The bill also provides medical criteria to set aside and preserve the claims of asbestos and silica claimants without physical impairment, and gives priority to asbestos and silica claimants with malignant conditions and impairing nonmalignant conditions.
If passed, HB 1061 will delay asbestos victims access to trials and takes away their right to participate in a fair civil justice system. Passage of the bill will not only provide asbestos companies with more protections, but will also enable these companies to blame the victims for their injuries.
Harmful Effects of Asbestos
The health effects caused by long-term asbestos exposure has been documented. Asbestos fibers can be easily inhaled and carried into the lower regions of the lung where they can cause fibrotic lung disease (asbestosis) and damage the lining of the chest cavity (pleura). Asbestos exposure can lead to reduced respiratory function and even death. Long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers also increases the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Call Your Representatives Today
Remember, HB 1061 will be voted on in less than one week, so contact your Indiana State Representatives today! Indiana House Bill 1061 not only threatens the rights of asbestos victims, but poses a danger to the health of the general public as well.
Tell your representatives to vote NO on House Bill 1061 by calling 1-800-382-9842. Not sure who your representative is? Log on to https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/ to find your legislator. Voice your opposition TODAY before it is too late!
Contact our Indiana team of attorneys if you have more questions about asbestos legislation.