Asbestos Victims Treated Poorly In England, Too
It seems like politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are more concerned about protecting businesses than caring for the thousands of people who now have cancer because of those businesses.
Backbench MPs are seeking to block controversial plans they believe will prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases suing their employers for damages.
Last week ministers laid an order before Parliament that removes the legal requirement for companies to retain records of liability insurance policies. As a result, thousands of workers affected by long-latent diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma will be unable to trace the insurers of their employers — and bring a claim.
The reason, ministers say, is that the cost of retaining policies is a burden on business and that the law is not effectively enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.
Personal injury lawyers, asbestos victims’ groups and MPs say that the cost to business is small and compliance could be easily enforced through setting up a statutory central database for policies that would ensure retained policies are not lost or misplaced.
It really sickens me every time I hear some "reformer" going on about all the businesses plaintiffs' lawyers have bankrupted when there are still thousands of people dying from mesothelioma.