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Good news for Minnesota residents with asbestos exposure injuries

Many Minnesota households include family members who have been diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. This is one of the most common and aggressive forms of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Symptoms often lie hidden in a person's body for years until, perhaps, a lingering cough, chest pain or sudden weight loss prompts the individual to seek medical attention, thereby leading to a diagnosis. 

A global consulting firm that is well-versed in asbestos issues recently announced that the market projection for malignant pleural mesothelioma support is estimated to sustain a nearly 8% increase over the next six years. This not only means that more money will be spent throughout the health care system to research the disease, but also that more treatment for patients who have the terminal illness will be available as well, which may, perhaps, lead to more favorable prognoses. At this time, there is no cure for mesothelioma or asbestosis, another illness that results from exposure to asbestos.

Family of former university professor sues re mesothelioma

In Minnesota and elsewhere, employers are typically protected against lawsuits for personal negligence filed by injured workers. Instead, injured workers may file claims for benefits under the workers' compensation program. However, the family of a former university professor who died of mesothelioma is initiating litigation against school officials, alleging that the school's negligence is a direct cause of their family member's death.

The man worked for many years as a college professor. He retired from teaching in 2002 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma 12 years later. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. 

Financial settlement can't undo asbestos exposure

Minnesota teachers may be among other school faculty across the country who are growing increasingly concerned about possible health hazards in the workplace. Many school buildings that exist today were built decades ago, which, in some cases, places teachers, students and visitors at risk for certain health problems. A teacher in another state was devoted to her students for more than 30 years before learning she had contracted a terminal illness that was likely caused by asbestos exposure at the school where she taught.

There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Employers are legally obligated to provide all necessary information, training and equipment to keep workers as safe as possible. It seems there is an ongoing problem in many schools across the country due to asbestos issues.

Asbestos exposure in your own home?

It is not uncommon for families to store items in the attic. From clothes to books to holiday decorations, it makes sense to squirrel away boxes of things that might only be used once or twice a year. Unfortunately, these storage areas as well as the products themselves might present numerous hidden hazards to an unsuspecting family.

Mesothelioma: Should Minnesota teachers be concerned?

In Minnesota and across the country, there are undoubtedly some jobs that are more dangerous than others. Teaching in a local elementary or high school would not typically be considered a profession that includes a high risk for personal injury. As made evident by a teacher's current health condition in another state, however, it appears mesothelioma and other asbestos exposure injuries are of great concern.

Many school buildings in this state were erected long ago. The ceiling tiles, insulation and flooring in such buildings often contain asbestos. There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure.

Workers in another state worried about asbestos exposure

In Minnesota and beyond, there is a lot of misinformation regarding asbestos. Some people mistakenly believe it is no longer used in products in the United States, which is untrue. Others understand there is a risk of asbestos exposure on their jobs or at school or home, but they are at a loss as to how to protect themselves.

A group of workers in another state have filed a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency. They fear they may have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace due to a suspected contractor using unlicensed workers to perform abatement in a pre-construction project at the old building where they are employed. This particular building houses the local police department, and pre-construction work was done last month. 

Dealing with the after-effect of an asbestosis diagnosis

Sitting in a chair in front of a doctor's desk and hearing him or her tell you that you have a terminal lung disease is a devastating and life-changing experience. Perhaps, you could not name your illness as asbestosis, but you knew something was not right because you haven't been feeling well for a long time. Like many others in Minnesota with similar illnesses, it may have been a lingering cough or chest pain that ultimately prompted you to seek a medical diagnosis of your condition.

Asbestosis is typically contracted by inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers. The problem is that particles that are microscopic cannot be seen without a microscope, so you can be regularly exposed to them and not know it. This is why it is so important for employers, for instance, to immediately inform their employees if they are aware of an asbestos problem in the workplace.

Do home mechanics need to worry about asbestos?

Performing auto maintenance and repairs at home can save you money, if you have the skills to complete your tasks properly. However, there can also be risks that home mechanics may not consider.

One commonly overlooked risk is the possibility of becoming exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral that is known for its insulative and fire-resistant properties. Because of these properties, it was regularly added to a variety of products, including some car parts. However, researchers have been able to link asbestos to the cause of serious health conditions, such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, which could develop decades after asbestos enters someone's body.

What Minnesota residents should know about asbestos exposure

In Minnesota and most other states throughout the country, there are hidden dangers lurking in people's homes, in schools, factories and other community locations. Asbestos exposure remains problematic in many regions. One of the biggest problems is that the fibers that are so dangerous to human health are microscopic. This is why it pays to learn as much as possible about asbestos and what to do or not do if it is discovered in a particular area.

One of the worst things that a person can do if he or she believes asbestos has been located in home materials or elsewhere is to try to remove it. In fact, the more a product or material containing asbestos is touched or disturbed, the greater the risk that particles will be released into the air and ingested or inhaled by unsuspecting people. There are certified abatement workers who know exactly what to do and how to keep danger risks as low as possible when clearing an area of asbestos.

When asbestos exposure causes loss during the holidays

Many Minnesota families will be forced to cope with the loss of a loved one before 2019 comes to an end. In some instances, a family's grief may be intensified by knowing that the illness that caused a loved one's death was preventable. For instance, when asbestos exposure is a causal factor, it is often employer negligence that was ultimately responsible for a particular worker's adverse health condition. Coping with sudden loss during the holidays is not easy, but it is often more tolerable when the family in question has a strong support network.

Each grieves in its own way. Some decide they want to carry on with holiday customs and tradition, though perhaps in a more low-key manner. Lighting a candle at holiday gatherings in memory of a loved one is one way to help families honor those who have died. Traveling to a location that held holiday significance to the spouse, son or daughter who has died is another way to honor his or her memory.

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