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Asbestos Legislation

South Korean asbestos victims to receive compensation starting next year
The South Korean Ministry of Environment said recently that in January, a new law regarding compensation for asbestos victims will be implemented, the Korea Herald reports.

The ministry recently completed the regulations of the new legislation and detailed what the requirements were for victims to receive the compensation. To do so, victims must reportedly submit medical documents that prove the relationship between their symptoms and their exposure to the deadly mineral, the news source said.

In addition to test results, victims should also fill out a survey that details their level of asbestos exposure, according to the news provider.

Korea Environment Corporation will reportedly review the applications along with doctors and lawyers and will determine the amount of compensation to offer the victims through local government offices.

The families of victims who have died as a result of asbestos exposure can also apply for compensation, the news provider said.

Asbestos exposure has been proven to cause a range of deadly diseases including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 107,000 people worldwide die each year as a result of asbestos-related illnesses.
12/8/10

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