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Why are there so many parties named in asbestos lawsuits?

When people think about personal injury lawsuits, they typically assume it involves two parties: the victim and the person who hurt the victim. However, in cases like those that stem from asbestos exposure, there are often multiple parties accused of contributing to a victim's injuries.

For instance, recently, the family of one woman who died from mesothelioma filed a wrongful death claim. They named about 40 defendants in their lawsuit, including a school where she had worked for a year. While this might sound unusual or heavy handed, there are often multiple parties named as defendants in asbestos-related lawsuits.

The hazards of vermiculite insulation

Many people have vermiculite insulation in their homes. It was a popular form of loose insulation used to insulate many homes throughout the United States. Used extensively in colder climates such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, it was most often used as attic insulation.

Vermiculite is a mineral product known for its heat and fire-resistant properties. These qualities made it ideal for many different types of building products, including insulation, but it also contained hidden dangers.

What you need to know if you have asbestosis

Asbestosis is a devastating illness that people can develop if they have been exposed to high levels or concentrations or asbestos. Unfortunately, it can take decades for symptoms to start showing up, which means that the damage can already be extensive by the time a person is diagnosed.

The length of time between exposure and the showing of symptoms is not the only thing that works against asbestosis victims. Sadly, there are many elements of asbestosis that can devastate and complicate the lives of sufferers and their families.

This old house - asbestos dangers lurk in many older homes

Home remodeling shows on television often show people uncovering hidden hazards when knocking out walls and digging up floors in old houses. Heating ducts wrapped in asbestos and flooring tiles made with asbestos are just two of the more common hazards one might see when watching a home renovation show. Old houses contain many surprises, but what other dangers might be hiding?

Is mesothelioma risk for brake mechanics higher than we thought?

In a recent post, we discussed the fact that there are people in certain occupations who are at a higher risk of being exposed to asbestos on the job. One of the occupations we listed in that post, which can be read in full here, is automotive mechanics.

Unfortunately, the risk for that group of workers -- specifically brake mechanics -- may actually be higher than was previously reported. This is according to recent allegations made by researchers from Brown and Harvard Universities.

3 types of damages that can be awarded in a negligence claim

No amount of money can take away the devastation of a cancer diagnosis. However, money can help victims and their families seek treatment, cover everyday expenses and provide for the future. Money can also serve as a powerful way to hold parties responsible for the cancer accountable.

This is why people who have asbestos-related illnesses and their families should take seriously their options for filing a legal claim if the illness was the result of negligence. In Minnesota, victims of negligence can be awarded three different types of damages.

Which workers are at a higher risk of being exposed to asbestos?

When most people go to work, they don't expect that their occupation could be making them sick. Unfortunately, for workers all across Minnesota, their job is not just making them sick: it's killing them.

This is the tragic reality of people exposed to asbestos on the job. Exposure to asbestos is linked to devastating diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis, neither of which has a cure. Knowing if you have been exposed to asbestos can be critical in helping you get the medical care you need as quickly as possible, so it is important to know whether you are at an increased risk of being exposed to asbestos.

New blood tests could improve diagnosis of mesothelioma

If you were exposed to asbestos at any time in your life, you are at risk for developing mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that is difficult to treat. One of the reasons mesothelioma is difficult to treat is because it is usually not detected until it has reached a more advanced stage. Now, advances in mesothelioma research are improving prospects for people at risk for developing mesothelioma.

Why pursuing a mesothelioma claim makes sense, even if you do not know the cause

The diagnosis of mesothelioma is a shock. In the midst of the many medical decisions people need to make, there is also the question of whether or not to pursue a mesothelioma claim.

Many mistakenly believe they cannot recover. While many people know that most mesotheliomas are caused by exposure to asbestos, they do not always know where they were exposed. Fortunately, it may still be possible to recover compensation. Here's how.

Health hazards linked to taconite processing facilities

Several years ago, health officials noticed an alarming trend: an increased incidence of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer, in the mine workers. This prompted the Minnesota Department of Health to commission a health study by the University of Minnesota in 2008. The study took six years to complete, focusing largely on potential hazards in the taconite industry.

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