MONTANA – Asbestos victims in Libby, Montana are finally getting the justice they deserve. A $19.5 million settlement has been proposed for asbestos victims involved in the W.R. Grace and Co. bankruptcy case.
The settlement will be used to fund the Libby Medical Program, benefitting those who have developed illnesses from exposure to asbestos at the company’s former vermiculite plant.
W.R. Grace created the Libby Medical Program in 2000, following reports that several people became sick or died after being exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral found in nature that was once widely used in construction. Once it was discovered that asbestos contributes to several illnesses, including the deadly mesothelioma cancer, it was banned in the United States.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lungs, heart and chest. It is extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat because it can take decades to manifest. Symptoms aren’t always alarming and by the time victims seek help, it is usually too late.
Although there are treatments for mesothelioma, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, sadly, there is no cure for the cancer.
According to Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the asbestos victims, the proposed settlement ensures that the company will not be able terminate the medical program, which it was previously able to do at any moment.
In addition, Heberling says claimants also will be eligible to receive settlements from the separate Asbestos Personal Injury Trust that will be established as part of W.R. Grace’s bankruptcy reorganization plan.
Victims of asbestos are entitled to seek legal help to ensure their rights are upheld. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, turn to an acclaimed mesothelioma lawyer for help immediately.
Mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to secure you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. When you work with an elite team of mesothelioma lawyers, you can rest assured you will receive up to millions of dollars in money damages and medical care.