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.
The federal government began regulating the way asbestos is used and handled many years ago. Since there is no cure for asbestosis, treatments are typically associated with symptom relief. Families often face many challenges trying to care for loved ones with asbestos-related diseases, not to mention the stress that is often involved when filing claims for benefits.
At Sieben Polk P.A., we are fully prepared to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf in any court hearings associated with your work-related illness. We can help you obtain whatever care you need to treat your asbestosis condition as well as seek legal accountability against any and all parties deemed negligent in their duties to keep you as safe as possible on the job. A first logical step to take to plan for litigation in Minnesota is to request a consultation to discuss the details of your case.