Asbestos Trust Claims: Compensation is Available Without Filing a Lawsuit
Asbestos companies and their insurers placed close to $30 Billion dollars into trust funds to pay people who were injured by asbestos.
But nearly 40% of the funds have still gone unclaimed by the victims. You may be entitled to a portion of these funds.
Applying for asbestos trust fund compensation is not getting into a fight.
This money was set aside in a trust account for those who were injured.
Applying for a payment from these trusts is not affecting any company or coming out of anyone’s pocket. This is insurance money specifically to help people hurt by asbestos.
The court ordered the funds because the asbestos industry could no longer hide its secret: asbestos is very dangerous to breathe.
Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Asbestos Trust
Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Asbestos Trust
|Core Businesses||manufacturer of asbestos insulating materials|
|Bankruptcy||Southern District of Ohio (1991)|
|Year Trust was Founded||1996|
|Assets at Founding||$400,000,000|
|Assets as of 2022||$298,142,186|
|Payment Percentage||Thirty three percent (33%)|
|Amount of Money Paid To Date||$900 million|
|Number of Claims Paid:||696,665|
Eagle-Picher Industries (EPI) was formed through the merger of a mining company and a lead company in 1906. Much of its success came from its status as one of the largest suppliers of lead and zinc in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.
- In 1922, EPI was a battery manufacturer and supplier, widely known for providing batteries for U.S. military equipment through a government contract in the 1940s-1950s.
- Mining asbestos was a natural next step for the company as the popularity of the dangerous mineral and its use were on the rise.
- By 1938, EPI had its own raw asbestos and it started to manufacture asbestos containing products including pipe covering, insulating cement, block insulation, and mastic coatings.
- In some instances, EPI distributed asbestos containing products which were manufactured by other companies. The company reportedly stopped using asbestos in the 1970s.
- It underwent a name change as well, and now goes by EaglePicher Technologies.
Workers Generally Eligible for the Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Asbestos Trust:
Workers who may have been at risk of exposure to asbestos from Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. products include:
|Miners||Factory workers||Construction / Demo workers|
|Shipyard workers||Veterans of U.S. military|
Miners working in EPI mines worked directly with asbestos and were at great risk of exposure. Similarly, factory workers manufacturing the asbestos products were at very close range for exposure as well.
EPI’s insulation materials were used throughout the U.S. military, meaning both civilians and military veterans and servicemembers were at risk of exposure. Shipyard workers, construction workers, insulators, and bricklayers are among the careers that would have frequently worked with EPI products.
Secondary Asbestos Exposure
Spouses and household members of workers may qualify for the Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Asbestos Trust as well.
People who brought home asbestos on their work clothes may have also been exposed in their homes and vehicles. This especially includes anyone who regularly laundered asbestos-tainted work clothes. Asbestos is dusty and durable, and anyone who spent time in a garage or small laundry room breathing it in could have been at risk.
Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Trust History
EPI was facing asbestos personal injury lawsuits starting in the 1980s, which was financially detrimental to the company.
It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 7, 1991.
In 1996, Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. created the Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Asbestos Trust under its Chapter 11 Joint Plan of Reorganization. The current payment percentage is 33%.
The Trust states that it is “organized to process, liquidate and pay all valid asbestos personal injury claims.” The purpose of the payment percentage is to ensure that the Trust has funds for present and future claimants.
The Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust has established forms and procedures to apply and collect compensation from the trust. You can learn more on their website.
In 2022, 4,655 claims were filed with the Trust, according to its annual financial report.
The report also details that it paid $19.6 million in claims in 2022, contributing to the $900,000,000 the Trust has paid since it was established.
Important Facts About Asbestos Trust Compensation for People with Asbestos Illnesses
The Vast Majority of Our Clients Qualify for Payments from Multiple Asbestos Trusts.
Depending on where you worked, or how you were exposed to asbestos, you may qualify to file claims with more than one asbestos trust. Different occupations worked with different types of asbestos products. The location of the work – the actual job site – also impacts which claims may be filed. Every case is unique, and thousands of clients have been able to receive compensation from multiple asbestos trusts.
Asbestos Trust Claims Are Not Lawsuits and Do Not Affect a Person’s Employer or Benefits.
Filing claims with asbestos trusts is a separate act than filing a lawsuit against certain companies. It is possible, however, to file a lawsuit and additionally file claims with asbestos trusts. This determination is made on a case-by-case basis depending on each client’s work and/or exposure history. Companies that are not bankrupt are eligible to be sued in a lawsuit, while bankrupt companies are those that were ordered to establish asbestos bankruptcy trusts.
The asbestos trusts exist for the purpose of awarding compensation to qualifying claimants. The courts designated that money be specifically set aside to provide payment to those individuals injured by asbestos. You do not have to be retired to file a claim, and the claim does not affect your current or previous employer(s), or any benefits you may already receive. If you worked with products or at a job site that was owned by a company that has established an asbestos trust, you may meet the criteria for compensation.
Veterans Injured By Asbestos Exposure During Service Can Claim Asbestos Trust Compensation and Veterans Benefits
Asbestos use was extremely common in the U.S. military for decades. Navy ships were built using asbestos insulation to ensure they were fireproof. The boiler rooms on the ships were full of asbestos insulation, gaskets, and valves used on the various types of equipment. Military tanks and vehicles used asbestos containing brake parts as well as gaskets and valves.
Some military jobs, such as mechanics, boilermakers, and pipefitters, to name a few, would cause servicemembers to be directly exposed to asbestos. Other jobs required that work be done near those using or working with asbestos, which still put those workers at risk. A military veteran’s benefits will not be affected by filing asbestos trust claims; this is true even if you already receive disability benefits from the VA.
Cigarette Smokers Are Absolutely Eligible to File Asbestos Trust Claims.
One of the common misconceptions surrounding asbestos trust claims is that people who smoked are not eligible to file for compensation.
That’s absolutely false.
Our Office has Recovered Many Trust Settlements on Behalf of Smokers.
Asbestos exposure makes it five times more likely you’ll develop lung cancer. Smoking makes it ten times more likely you’ll develop lung cancer. But being a smoker with asbestos exposure makes it fifty times more likely you’ll develop lung cancer.
And that’s why asbestos companies will pay compensation to industrial workers or others exposed to asbestos, even if they were lifelong smokers.
I know this, because many of them are my clients.
Your rights can be lost if you wait.
Although asbestos trust claims are not lawsuits, they are subject to the same time limitations that lawsuits are.
These laws are called Statutes of Limitation.
Statutes of limitation specify how much time a person has to file a lawsuit.
If a person waits too long, they lose the right to file a lawsuit.
Every state puts limits on how long individuals have to file lawsuits on their own behalf or on behalf of a deceased loved one. These laws are called Statutes of Limitation, and if you miss one, you will not be able to file any asbestos claims.
The exact same thing applies with asbestos trusts:
If you wait too long to file an asbestos trust claim, you’ll lose the right to do so. Statutes of Limitation can be complicated in asbestos cases because a person typically doesn’t develop an asbestos-related illness until many years after he or she was exposed.
Statutes of Limitations are often not very straightforward in asbestos cases because there are questions about when the statute should start:
- Does “the clock” start when a person is diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, or does it start when they find out their illness could have been caused by asbestos?
- If they worked in Texas but now live in Missouri, which statute applies?
These are the sorts of questions that are best posed to an asbestos attorney, and we’re happy to answer them for you.
If you believe you are entitled to compensation for your asbestos-related illness, call, text or email our law firm so we can tell you how long you have to make the decision to file a trust claim or to seek asbestos compensation through an asbestos lawsuit.
It won’t cost you anything to call us, but it could cost you everything if you wait too long to file a claim.
Justinian C. Lane, Esq. – AsbestosClaims.Law
My grandfather, grandmother and father were all exposed to asbestos in their work, and all three died of respiratory-related cancers.
I found out too late about the health effects of asbestos to help them.
But my firm has helped many other people receive compensation for health problems they developed from exposure to asbestos.
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