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Those Most at Risk of Mesothelioma Reject New Bill

When it comes to the fatal disease mesothelioma, those Americans greatest at risk are veterans, first responders and teachers.

Veterans make up only eight percent of the U.S. population but account for a third of those suffering from mesothelioma. Navy veterans especially are at risk of the disease, as they spent decades exposed to asbestos on board ships and in shipyards.

According to research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, when it comes to firefighters and teachers, they are twice as likely as the general American public to be diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Teachers are affected as most schools built before 1980 contain asbestos with more than 50 schools in 13 states, including California, having reported possible asbestos exposure over recent months.

Organizations which represent these groups oppose the proposed FACT Act which will mean that the funds set up to compensate victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos linked diseases will have to spend much more time and effort to comply with the bill, meaning claims processing and paying victims will slow down, and funds will become more scarce.

In addition, the bill would states victims’ personal information, including medical information and partial Social Security numbers be made public putting them at risk of identity theft.

If you have been diagnosed with any an asbestos related disease, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. To find out how we can help you recover for your asbestos related claim, contact the Law Office of Brayton Purcell, LLP at (800) 598-0314 immediately, or contact us online for a free consultation.