Asbestos Trusts Explained
Asbestos Compensation Trusts
Scientists have known about the dangers of asbestos for over 100 years. Due to poor regulations nothing was done to protect the average person from asbestos until more recently. Large corporations took advantage of this, and purposefully hid the fact that asbestos causes cancer and serious illness. These companies got together to cover up the dangers of asbestos. They purposefully did not put warnings on asbestos products because they thought it would hurt their profits. They chose profits over lives. After many years of people dying from asbestos these large companies that sold asbestos products were sued into bankruptcy, but one condition was that they had to setup Asbestos Trusts for victims of their products. Now in 2019 Canadians can apply to over 30 different asbestos trusts for compensation.
It can be hard to figure out which trusts to apply to. Let us help guide you through the trust system. In order to have a valid claim, you will need a medical report that proves you have mesothelioma, and exposure information that proves you were exposed to asbestos.
We have had hundreds of clients over the years and have built an asbestos product database. Our database can help us figure out which products you were exposed to, depending on the years you worked. As an Ontario mesothelioma law firm we have had many clients all over Canada, and have been able to figure out which companies sold asbestos products in each province.
Many asbestos trusts have been setup by large, billion dollar corporations like Pfizer, Halliburton, US Gypsum, Johns Manville. Many of the Asbestos Trusts we recover compensation from have a dark history of selling asbestos products without warning their customers of the dangers of asbestos.
Here is a list of companies that sold asbestos products and now have setup trust funds for victims:
North American Refractory Company
United Gilsonite Laboratories
Pittsburgh Corning Corporation
Armstrong Contracting and Supply
Armstrong World Industries
US Gypsum (Canadian Gypsum Company)
Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation
Garlock Gasket Company
The two most important things for a mesothelioma claim are exposure evidence and medical evidence. In order to apply to the asbestos trusts we need a pathology/biopsy report that has a clear mesothelioma diagnosis. For exposure information we draft affidavits about your work history and exposure to asbestos. Each trust pays a different amount of compensation. Some take 2-3 months to review your claim, others can take over 9 months to review a claim. It will depend on how many other people are making a claim at the same time as you. If your claim is denied we can fight the denial and try to get it fixed. We try to get all claims accepted on the first review, but quite often the trusts will try to deny a claim. This can delay compensation for you, but we will always try to appeal the denial and get your claim accepted. You do not have to go to court, or fight a long legal battle. Simply tell about us your history of asbestos exposure, and you can focus on your health while we fight for your compensation.