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Asbestos litigation may change if bill is enacted into law

Another state is currently considering legislation that may adversely affect those filing claims regarding asbestos-related injuries. If that particular state or others begin to adapt such laws, victim advocates say the asbestos litigation process will be set to indefinitely delay justice. Many critics of a newly proposed bill have come forward to say it unjustly places favor in the hands of asbestos litigation defendants. South Carolina asbestos injury victims will no doubt be interested in this situation as it continues to unfold.

The bill is designed to allow defendants to request 60-day stays. There is no limit to the number of times such stays may be requested during an asbestos litigation process so long as defendants think plaintiffs may file additional claims of bankruptcy. Advocates speaking out against the legislation say it is a cruel and manipulative ploy to delay justice until asbestos victims die of their diseases.

Data shows most cancer patients diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases survive their illnesses past diagnoses for a few years at most. One advocate said this bill unjustly allows defendants to control whether victims will live to attend their own trials. Increased advocate concern has been evident since the bill recently passed at a 58-51 vote in the Michigan House. 

Asbestos litigation most often involves injured fire fighters, military veterans and construction workers. One advocate stated that placing political and corporate goals above victim justice is despicable. Time will tell if other states adapt similar legislation into law.  A South Caroline attorney experienced in asbestos litigation can address any and all concerns related to claims in this state.

Source: michiganradio.org, "Critics say bill would "delay and deny" justice for asbestos cancer victims", Sarah Cwiek, Feb. 12, 2018

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