Some troubling news out from across the pond, where the U.K. has been dealing with an asbestos problem perhaps worse than here in the States.
The story from the Daily Mirror reveals concern from Labour Party members and union leaders that mesothelioma patients across the U.K. will die with little to no compensation — as the civil legal system in the U.K. differs greatly from that in the U.S. and requires government intervention to get victims compensation for their suffering. One point of contention between the majority party (the Conservative Democrats) and union leaders (who have been pushed out of talks) is in regard to the pace of compensation for the nearly 3,000 mesothelioma victims in need of money to cover medical bills and whose time is running out.
The Labour Party contends the unions are being left out of the process in order to slow down compensation and protect the profits of the companies responsible. One Member of Parliament told the Mirror, “We want to ensure that mesothelioma victims receive compensation as soon as possible, so that in their dying days they know their family will be provided for after they die.” The same Member of Parliament called the process to get victims compensation “long, complicated and torturous.”
Fortunately, here in the U.S. you are able to get a qualified mesothelioma attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve. Asbestos companies knew for years that their product was harmful, yet chose to pursue profits over the health and well-being of workers.