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Asbestos exposure has prompted many illnesses in Minnesota

If you were to be involved in an accident at work or in a car while traveling on a Minnesota highway, you might suffer injuries with immediately apparent symptoms. Such injuries may warrant a trip to the hospital and extended time at home in the following weeks (or months) to recover. What if you are injured by asbestos exposure, however? Your initial contact with the item containing this dangerous substance might have taken place years ago, though you may have only recently become aware of your symptoms.

That's understandable, seeing as many illnesses related to exposure to asbestos are slow developing conditions. However, if you have worked in an area that places you at high risk -- such as on the railroad, in construction, at a shipyard or in an old building of some sort -- you may want to seek medical examination to determine if your poor health condition could, in fact, be related to asbestos. In work situations, employers are obligated to inform their workers of any asbestos-related hazards on the job.

Minnesota parents may want to follow asbestos exposure story

It is quite common for young girls in Minnesota and other states to enjoy playing with jewelry and cosmetics. In fact, many parents purchase makeup kits from stores like Claire's for their daughters. That's just what a mother in another state did in a situation that has led to an alarming claim that anyone using cosmetics purchased from Claire's may be at risk for asbestos exposure.

The mother in question just so happens to work in a lab that often tests products for asbestos. On a whim, she decided to have the makeup she recently purchased for her daughter from Claire's tested. She says she was absolutely shocked and dismayed when the product tested positive for asbestos.

Possible asbestos exposure at a school results in legal struggle

Minnesota employers, like all others in the nation, are obligated to inform workers of possible injury risks associated with their jobs. They must also provide appropriate training and equipment to keep workers as safe as possible. A situation in another state is growing more contentious by the day. It involves a construction project at a school and possible asbestos exposure.

One of the workers on the project apparently filed a report stating that removal of asbestos at the school was not being done according to code. The same employee says he was terminated from his position a day after filing the report. He also claims threats were made against him.

Is your nagging cough related to asbestosis?

Many people in Minnesota suffer from chronic health conditions. Some have known of their illnesses for a long time and have been doing their best to enjoy life as much as possible. Others have symptoms that just recently became apparent, although their illnesses began years ago when they were exposed to asbestos on the job. If you or your loved one believe asbestosis is the cause of your suffering, it is crucial to build a strong support network.

It is possible (and often, likely) that asbestosis may be active in a person's body for decades before symptoms show. Perhaps you have been feeling a bit ill but could not put your finger on an underlying problem. In fact, many people mistakenly think the fatigue, aches and pains or cough they experience with this disease are simply consequences of a busy lifestyle or stress-related situations.

Renovation workers no doubt concerned about asbestos exposure

What is most dangerous: mold, lead or asbestos? The answer to that question is debatable; yet, most Minnesota readers would likely agree that all three substances pose serious health risks to those who come in contact with them. Asbestos exposure, in particular, has been associated with several non-curable diseases that often develop slowly and without immediately apparent symptoms.

In another state, a major renovation project is set to begin in an old theater. The building happens to contain all three potentially dangerous substances mentioned earlier in this post. The entire sidewalk and nearby parking areas surrounding the building are going to be closed during renovation. The project is not slated to be complete until the end of January 2018.

New movie may interest Minnesota residents re asbestos exposure

Anyone who lives near or has worked in Minnesota factories, school buildings, libraries or other old structures may have cause for concern regarding certain microscopic particles that can be ingested into lungs and cause adverse health conditions. Asbestos exposure happens to be the topic of an upcoming full feature film that is scheduled to air in another state. The movie reportedly goes into depth about asbestos litigation regarding personal injury claims.

A lead producer of the film said the basic question his movie poses is whether the current system is really the best means for providing compensation to injured victims harmed by exposure to asbestos. Not everyone is happy about the upcoming film, which, according to filmmakers, is still a work in progress at this point. After a recent private viewing of the film, heated debates arose as to whether the film presents a fair perspective on the topic.

Library workers and patrons worried about asbestos exposure

Although some Minnesota residents use hand-held electronic devices and computers to read nowadays, there are still many who enjoy going to libraries. This state, like many others, has a lot of very old buildings where the books of many communities are housed. In another state, this fact is posing a significant delay in a planned renovation project due to possible asbestos exposure.

The library in question has an upper and lower level. On both floors of the old building, there are textured ceiling tiles. As a major construction project was just about ready to get underway, all plans came to a screeching halt. One of the final steps of renovation preparation was to have an environmental assessment of the building conducted.

Social Security Representation For People With Mesothelioma

A mesothelioma diagnosis marks a turning point. Everything must change. The focus turns to fighting the disease and preserving a quality of life. For many, this is the time they first investigate obtaining Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

While the process for obtaining SSDI and SSI benefits is typically long, the Social Security Administration has recognized a need for an expedited process for individuals faced with certain conditions. Known as compassionate allowances, this list of 88 conditions enables individuals to fast-track the Social Security benefits process. Individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma will automatically qualify for benefits.

Have your symptoms led to asbestosis diagnosis?

There are a lot of old buildings in Minnesota, including factories, schools, churches and government structures. As in many other states, restoration and construction projects in these dwellings often include asbestos removal. It's no secret that asbestos exposure is highly dangerous and often leads to serious illness, such as asbestosis.

Asbestosis is a chronic disease that adversely affects the lungs. It is known to be caused by exposure to the microscopic particles contained in asbestos, often found in insulation, floor tiles and other building materials. The many health risks associated with asbestos are well known, which is why there are very strict laws and regulations overseeing the handling of materials containing asbestos.

Is workers’ compensation enough for mesothelioma victims?

Mesothelioma and other pleural cancers derive from occupational-related asbestos exposure. Workers’ compensation is often one of the first places mesothelioma victims turn to obtain compensation. But obtaining these benefits is often difficult.

The first challenge is proving occupational related exposure. The second challenge is obtaining sufficient compensation for the medical related expense, pain and suffering and loss of consortium that clients face from this disease. The matter can be further complicated by caps to workers’ compensation benefits. The question remains for many, are workers’ compensation benefits enough and what options are available if workers’ compensation benefits are denied.

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