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Wisconsin legislation could affect work injury compensation

Mesothelioma is a very dangerous and often fatal form of cancer in the lungs that can be developed from asbestos exposure, and can take many years to develop and surface into a work injury. Asbestos was a common compound found in military equipment, living quarters, vehicles and a number of factories in the past, and was a substance many mechanics were exposed to while working. A Wisconsin worker who suffered a work injury in the form of cancer from exposure to asbestos may choose to pursue compensation from the responsible party.

The governor of Wisconsin recently approved a new law that will have a major impact on those facing asbestos-related work injuries and potential lawsuits they may be involved in. The new legislation will require a person that is involved in a lawsuit for cancer from asbestos exposure to reveal any previous claims they have made for their illness. This is detailed in the law to include compensation received from asbestos trust funds.

A recent report indicates that some groups believe this new law may withhold potential justice from victims who have suffered from injuries due to work-related asbestos exposure. There is concern that the change could potentially cause complications for those who desire to sue a company or entity for subjecting the victim to asbestos and ultimately causing a work injury. The Wisconsin governor believes that the law will prevent victims from financially taking advantage of companies that have already provided benefits to victims.

This Wisconsin bill does not remove responsibility from a company or entity that exposed employees to asbestos and caused work injury. Many aged veterans and other factory workers spent a good deal of time in direct exposure to asbestos and are now facing the health consequences to the prolonged exposure. A person who requires financial assistance for their difficult illness may choose to pursue further legal understanding when it comes to navigating the changes in applicable laws and collecting compensation.

Source: wsau.com, "Walker signs asbestos bill", , March 28, 2014

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