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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.

Compensation options for work-related asbestos exposure diseases

Mesothelioma  and other pleural diseases associated with occupational asbestos-exposure often takes years to develop. Once diagnosed, individuals are often left scrambling for help; the average life expectancy for individuals with mesothelioma is twelve months.

Fortunately there are compensation options available, but individuals need to act quickly. Attorneys representing these individuals should make sure they are aware that they can pursue both workers’ compensation and third-party asbestos injury claims at the same time. 

Statute of limitations major factor in asbestos exposure cases

Many Minnesota residents have experienced or have helped care for someone who has experienced negative health effects from repeated inhalation of, and contact with, toxic substances. Asbestos exposure is the main topic in a string of lawsuits currently being processed in another state. An attorney whose firm has actually represented thousands of people claiming to have suffered asbestos-related illnesses says an existing statute of limitations is presenting a challenge in several cases he is currently preparing for court.

It has been more than 10 years since asbestos was discovered in the vermiculite mine that has apparently made many people who worked there or lived near there very ill. Several entities have been named in claims seeking compensation for damages, including a railroad company and the state where the mine is located. Because such claims carry time limits for filing, it can be difficult when injured parties were not aware of their illnesses until much later.

Watch out for Asbestiosis dangers in the workplace

It's not always easy to tell when asbestos is present on the job in Minnesota. When employers are aware of it, they're obligated to inform their workers about the potential dangers of exposure and also to provide proper training according to safety regulations if workers are going to be removing asbestos from a particular structure. Things don't always go the way they should, however; in fact, many workers wind up suffering from asbestosis and other adverse health conditions after being repeatedly exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

When the microscopic particles contained in asbestos are inhaled, the long-term effects can be devastating. Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease for which symptoms may not appear for many years beyond the time an initial series of asbestos exposures occurred. Insulation, cement and floor tiles are among items that often contain this potentially dangerous material.

Asbestos exposure back-to-school danger for many in Minnesota

It's the time of year in Minnesota and throughout the nation when many parents are helping their children gather supplies and prepare for a new school year. Many have already resumed classes and are fully engaged in new and exciting academic adventures. Many children attend schools in buildings that are aging and in need of repair, however. This may pose a high asbestos exposure risk of which many parents are unaware.

School teachers are twice as likely to suffer cancer and other diseases related to asbestos exposure than the average population. It's logical to assume that since students are present in classrooms almost as often or just as often as teachers, they are also in danger if asbestos is present. School administrators are obligated to inform parents and workers of any known asbestos risks.

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