New legislation proposed in the Senate in March would substantially update information disclosure requirements pertaining to asbestos-containing products. NJ mesothelioma attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh see this as a positive step designed to prevent exposure to potentially cancer-causing material, though we know from decades of personal experience successfully representing cancer victims that the new law will be cold comfort to those who have suffered irreversible harm from asbestos exposure.
Asbestos exposure prevention
Laws pertaining to asbestos are certainly in need of an update. The last time legislation related to the issue of asbestos data was passed was in 1988, when then President Ronald Reagan signed the Asbestos Information Act. This law required companies to report information about asbestos-containing products to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only once.
The new law (the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database or “READ” Act), which was put forward on March 10 of this year introduces far more wide-ranging requirements, namely that companies involved in the manufacture, processing, importing, or handling of asbestos would have to disclose details about the current whereabouts of this material to the EPA on a yearly basis.
However, while we hope that this new law saves New Jersey residents from the hazards of asbestos exposure, victims who have already contracted cancer need to be compensated for their suffering and losses. New Jersey asbestos exposure attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh urge mesothelioma victims to contact us as soon as possible to determine if you are eligible to pursue compensation through litigation. All case reviews with our attorneys are free of charge, and we receive no fees unless you get a settlement or jury award.
Get funds to cover treatment and lost wages
There is no known cure for mesothelioma cancer, which is caused primarily through exposure to asbestos. However, treatments are available that can substantially improve prognosis and life expectancy. Such treatments cost money, and patients should not have to struggle to come up with funds for medical care or worry about money when they need to focus on maintaining their physical health.
That’s where a lawyer from our firm sees his or her responsibility: to get you the legal compensation you need while you are free to receive treatment and to concentrate on what is most important in your life. Through a lawsuit, compensation may be available for medical expenses, lost wages or earning potential, pain and suffering, and other factors that may depend on the specifics of your case.
Filing a New Jersey asbestos lawsuit
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a number of questions about how a lawsuit regarding asbestos exposure would proceed. The experienced NJ mesothelioma lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh can answer those questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. Our lawyers will discuss the viability of a potential case and provide you with all the information that you need to make an informed choice about the best decision for you and your family. Please contact our offices at 201-561-8366 to schedule a case review.
- The Hill, House bill calls for asbestos database, http://thehill.com/regulation/energy-environment/240196-house-bill-calls-for-asbestos-database
- Medline Plus, Mesothelioma, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html