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Asbestos exposure causes family in another to state to evacuate

Many Minnesota residents understand how stressful it can be to renovate a home, especially if a household includes young children. A family in another state hired a contractor to work on their house, including the removal of a popcorn ceiling, which is a specific type of ceiling design that is textured and often poses an asbestos exposure risk. The situation led to the family's evacuation when homeowners say they found spilled debris throughout their house after the contractor had been working there.

Thankfully, the family was able to find temporary shelter with relatives. Sadly, however, they lost nearly all their belongings after their home was properly tested and listed as a major asbestos spill. The couple must now replace all their furniture, carpets, bedding, etc., in order to move back into their home with their two young children.

Of course, that will not be possible until the asbestos is safely removed from the premises. The cost of that job has been estimated at nearly $30,000. Funds are being raised online to help the family in need. The couple says they are extremely frustrated that the contractor will not accept responsibility for the damage that was done.

In fact, the contractor says it is the couple's fault because they started the project without him. Similar situations in Minnesota and other states have led to litigation in the past when workers or homeowners have suffered illnesses related to asbestos exposure. If someone believes another person's negligence has caused their injury or illness, a legal claim can be filed to seek compensation for damages.

Source: Littleton, CO Patch, "Asbestos Renovation Nightmare For Littleton Family", Jean Lotus, April 2, 2018

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