Asbestos in Canada
Asbestos has played a significant role in Canada’s history; to the point that it was once referred to as Canada’s gold. But as more miners and asbestos mill workers began to show signs of painful lung diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, the people of Canada started to speak up about the mining of the carcinogenic fiber.
Sadly, it took until 2012 to finally close the last Canadian asbestos mine, and with the long latency period of mesothelioma—in many cases up to 60 years after exposure—Canadian health officials are worried that asbestos deaths, already the leading cause of on-the-job deaths in the country by a wide margin, has yet to peak.
Motley Rice and Canadian Workers’ Compensation Boards
Motley Rice attorneys represent asbestos victims throughout the United States and also serve as U.S. legal counsel for Canadian provincial workers' compensation boards. These workers' compensation boards help affected workers by providing return-to-work rehabilitation, compensation, health care benefits and a range of other services in the event of work-related injuries such as mesothelioma and asbestos exposure-related diseases.
The Canadian workers' compensation boards have invested a significant amount of their resources toward claims resulting from occupational exposure to asbestos-containing products. Under applicable law, the Canadian workers' compensation boards can stand in as a representative of injured workers against non-employer third parties who may be responsible for a workplace-related injury. Because of this legal authority, Motley Rice attorneys have represented Canadian workers' compensation boards since 1987 in seeking U.S. legal recoveries for the boards' costs associated with asbestos-related claims.
Individual Claims by Canadians against U.S. Bankruptcy Trusts
In addition to our efforts with Canadian workers’ compensation boards, we also file U.S. bankruptcy trust claims for Canadian citizens suffering from asbestos-related diseases who do not have workers’ compensation claims.
If you have questions or would like to explore your legal rights regarding a potential mesothelioma or asbestos lawsuit, please contact attorney John Herrick or Anne McGinness Kearse by email or call 1.800.923.4237.