HM Drydocks, now Malta Drydocks, is being sued by nearly 400 former workers and heirs for compensation. Even after the company filed for bankruptcy, previous employees and their families are suing for damages over work related illnesses and death.
Suffering illnesses, cancer and death caused by asbestos exposure on work grounds, the plaintiffs are seeking compensation for having been exposed to occupational hazards. Most of the heirs are collecting on behalf of their deceased family members, most of whom died of malignant mesothelioma that has since been tied to working at the site. Now that they are seeking legal recourse and compensation matters have become further complicated by the company’s bankruptcy filing.
In order for the previous employees and heirs to sue for damages they must present their case to the US Bankruptcy Court. Since the company filed for bankruptcy protection all financial concerns become matters of the court, which is likely to hold the company accountable for paying the damages. Under US law, a company may still be held liable for damages due to neglect, misconduct or fraud despite their bankruptcy status.