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Beware the dangers of asbestos exposure in Minnesota

There are currently many Minnesota residents who haven’t been feeling well but are unsure of the underlying cause of their symptoms. Sadly, it is likely that some of them will learn that their symptoms have been caused by an illnesses they contracted in the workplace. Asbestos exposure is a danger many people face in this state and others as well.

It is not only workers who are at risk from asbestos-related injuries. Family members of workers can also contract serious illnesses from second-hand exposure to the dangerous microscopic fibers that may be clinging to their loved one’s clothing, skin or hair when he or she comes home from work. Much more information is available today than there was several decades ago. Most employers are aware of such information and are legally obligated to provide proper training and information to their workers to help keep them and their families as safe as possible.

Asbestos is often present in factories, auto mechanics shops, shipyards, old school buildings, mills, mines and construction/renovation areas. When materials containing asbestos are wet or crumbly (also known as “friable”), risk of injury is greatly increased. Disturbing asbestos materials also increases the chances of contracting illness; materials are often disturbed through scraping, drilling, hammering or peeling, which then releases microscopic fibers into the air.

Asbestos exposure often occurs in Minnesota and beyond when someone inhales or ingests airborne microscopic fibers. Symptoms of illness may stay hidden for years but typically include lingering cough, chest or abdominal discomfort, lack of appetite, extreme fatigue and weight loss. Sieben Polk P.A. is well-versed in personal injury law and highly experienced in asbestos litigation. If you or your loved one is suffering from a terminal illness caused by asbestos, and you believe an employer should be held financially responsible for damages, you can reach out for support by requesting a consultation with our experienced legal team.

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