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Mesothelioma: Was a Minnesota employer negligent in your case?

Many Minnesota residents have been placed in harm's way in the workplace. Such situations often involve asbestos. Employers are obligated to inform their workers when they are aware of asbestos issues on the job. Further, they must provide proper training and equipment to keep their workers as safe as possible. Mesothelioma is one of several incurable illnesses that can afflict workers when employers fail in their duties.

Since the early 1980s, there have been many jury verdicts in favor of workers who have suffered asbestos injuries while carrying out their normal courses of duty in the workplace. As in all personal injury claims, any worker filing an asbestos-related lawsuit must provide evidence to convince the court that his or her employer's negligence is directly responsible for the injury that occurred. An attorney experienced in asbestos litigation is a great asset to have on hand when compiling information and evidence to pursue a claim.

Judge rules that builder created an asbestos exposure risk

In Minnesota and beyond, there are many old buildings, homes and factories that contain asbestos. This material is very dangerous to human health. In fact, current data shows there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Workers who are hired to remove asbestos-laden materials must have proper certification to do so.

builder in another state is facing steep penalties because he deceived those hired by him to remove asbestos from a house that was undergoing demolition. The property owners were given the impression (by the builder) that he was properly licensed to do the work. It was later learned that not only did the builder not have proper certification, but he failed to follow existing safety regulations when he removed asbestos from the property. 

U.S. Sees Dramatic Rise In Asbestos Imports

While other countries are working to ban and further limit the use of asbestos, the United States is showing no interest. The Asbestos Disease and Awareness Organization issued a shocking report in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group based on U.S. International Trade Commission and Department of Commerce records. 

Officials in another state arguing over asbestos exposure issues

Many buildings in Minnesota and other states are plagued with health hazards. The problem is that workers or visitors to such places are not always aware of the danger. To make matters worse, in some situations, employers or building owners are indeed aware of the potential risks but fail to provide information, training or equipment to help keep workers and others safe. In another state, there is currently contention brewing between city council members and the mayor regarding asbestos exposure issues.

The council members say they are seeking temporary relocation because their current office building is making members quite ill. A spokesman said the problem has gotten so bad that some members are being asked to donate their sick leave to others who are unable to report to work because of their adverse health conditions. The council members have asked to move to alternate office space in the community.

Minnesota employers’ obligations regarding asbestos exposure

A landmark case in Virginia could pave the way for other states to examine asbestos liability. The Supreme Court was asked to examine whether an employer owed a duty to warn a family member of asbestos exposure when the employer failed to prevent asbestos fibers from being brought home.

The case in Virginia involved a woman who regularly washed her father’s asbestos covered work clothes from a shipyard for years. 44 years later, she developed pleural mesothelioma.

US Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh hearing asbestos exposure case

The newest of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Brett Kavanaugh, was set to hear his first cases on the high court this week. One of the cases involves an asbestos exposure situation. It is a complicated products liability case that was filed by two Navy widows. Asbestos-related illnesses and injuries are problematic in Minnesota and throughout the nation; many of those adversely affected are people who used to work in shipyards.  

In the case that was presented to the court earlier this week, two Navy widows filed a lawsuit against a company that manufactured equipment in the naval yard where their now deceased husbands once worked. The women say their spouses contracted cancer due to asbestos exposure while working with that equipment. The defendant in the case has acknowledged that it is indeed the manufacturer of the equipment in question.  

Is your breathing disorder related to work and asbestosis?

If you have worked in a Minnesota mine, mill or spray insulation industry, you are at risk for asbestos exposure. One particular illness, asbestosis, is a breathing disorder that often causes devastating life consequences and, in worst cases, even death. Those afflicted with this or other asbestos-related illnesses often need daily living assistance and legal support.  

Asbestos is comprised of microscopic fibers that are dangerous to human health if ingested or inhaled. Asbestosis occurs when those fibers reach the alveoli, thus causing injury to the lungs. Although the body is equipped with cells that react to alveoli infection by attempting to digest asbestos fibers, these fibers are particularly resistant to breakdown as opposed to other chemicals or dust particles that can be broken down and eliminated through the body's defense mechanisms. As the body continues to unsuccessfully attempt to break down asbestos fibers, alveoli become inflamed and scarred.  

Occupational asbestos exposure subject of recently filed lawsuit

Two people in another state used to work together at the same company. It is not clear how long they were employed at the company. What is clear, however, is that they were both fired and have joined efforts to file a lawsuit against their former employer, claiming that their knowledge of an occupational asbestos exposure situation is the reason they were let go. Minnesota workers worried about similar issues may want to follow this case.

The two former employees had worked for a property management company. The business manages an apartment complex that comprises several buildings. While the current number of occupants is not known, there are indeed people living in the apartments that the former workers say might still contain asbestos exposure risks.

Will new rule lead to more asbestos exposure in the US?

Between 12,000 and nearly 40,000 people in the United States die annually from diseases related to asbestos. This leaves many people wondering why materials containing the product are not altogether banned. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule that not only has raised people's fears but has caused some to worry whether the rule could possibly lead to more asbestos exposure for workers and residents in Minnesota and across the country.

The EPA has proposed a significant new use rule requiring anyone who wishes to import or manufacture goods containing asbestos to first seek the agency's approval. Those speaking on behalf of the EPA say this rule would help them better regulate the potentially dangerous microscopic fibrous materials. Others say that such a rule would only enable more asbestos to be used in the United States, thereby placing even more people at risk for injury.

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