According to an article that appears in the Globe and Mail, the United States is not the only country that faces a significant health and legal problem when it comes to asbestos and its resulting disease, mesothelioma. In fact, it appears that insurance payments are not being made to those who have been proven to suffer from this disease.
The article states that of the 1,500 documented cases of people who developed mesothelioma between 1980 and 2002, 1,000 of them have yet to be compensated by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, which is the body that usually handles these situations.
The source of the story is a paper published by a team that’s being spearheaded by one of Canada’s leading occupational health experts, and the most telling statement from that paper appears below:
“In Ontario, the WSIB is legally obliged to reimburse the provincial health-care system for costs related to compensable diseases,” the paper said. “Therefore the failure to recognize the work-relatedness of many mesothelioma cases has resulted in an economic loss to the provincial Ministry of Health.”
Overall, it appears that this issue is beginning to grow in Canada much in the way it has in the United States. If you have been harmed by asbestos exposure, you need to contact the mesothelioma attorneys at Williams Kherkher to schedule a free consultation. You can get this accomplished by calling us toll-free at (866) 950-9000.