It is common for those who worked with asbestos-containing products to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. However, it is possible for Minnesota residents to contract mesothelioma through secondary exposure. Although the people may never have been directly in contact with the material itself, fibers and other related hazardous materials may also cause the deadly disease to manifest.
A woman in another state is blaming 47 different companies for her mesothelioma. She claims that there were numerous ways that she was exposed to asbestos-related materials. During the 1950s and 1960s, she claims that when the family would change brake pads that contained asbestos, she was exposed to the hazards. Furthermore, she asserts that she was exposed to asbestos fibers that clung to her husband’s clothes at the end of each workday.
The exposure continued to the 1970s and 1980s when her son worked on an oil rig, and he would also bring the asbestos fibers into her home. As a child, she asserts that she was near asbestos-containing scrap metal due to a plant by her house. All of the years of exposure to asbestos is why she believes that she ultimately contracted the disease.
She is accusing all of the defendants of negligence, and she claims that they share the blame for her mesothelioma. In her claim, she is asking the court to award her monetary damages for all of the suffering she is enduring from the disease, as well as the other negative impacts the disease has had upon her. While a rare form of lung cancer, mesothelioma is becoming increasingly more common as more people who were exposed many years ago are now exhibiting signs of the disease. Minnesota residents who believe that negligence contributed to their contraction of the disease can turn to the legal system to seek justice against the negligent companies who contributed to their illnesses.
Source: www.louisianarecord.com, “Woman sues 47 companies claiming they are responsible for her asbestos-related mesothelioma”, Kyle Barnett, March 16, 2015