In what could turn out to be an enormously controversial issue, the UK has recently passed a corporate manslaughter law that would hold companies liable for certain actions that lead to the death or deaths of their workers. The issue is explored by the Times Online in a probing article.
The most directly relevant passage of the article appears below:
“In the UK about 400 people (employees, self-employed people, and members of the public) are killed in incidents through the operation of commerce each year. Long term deaths bring the figure much higher. These include circumstances where a company has been responsible for causing the contracting of a condition (such as asbestosis or mesothelioma) whose development takes many years to cause death.”
Thid could be a very daunting development for American companies if this law or its underlying principles are ever adopted domestically. 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 call us toll-free at (866) 950-9000.