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Financial settlement can't undo asbestos exposure

Minnesota teachers may be among other school faculty across the country who are growing increasingly concerned about possible health hazards in the workplace. Many school buildings that exist today were built decades ago, which, in some cases, places teachers, students and visitors at risk for certain health problems. A teacher in another state was devoted to her students for more than 30 years before learning she had contracted a terminal illness that was likely caused by asbestos exposure at the school where she taught.

There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Employers are legally obligated to provide all necessary information, training and equipment to keep workers as safe as possible. It seems there is an ongoing problem in many schools across the country due to asbestos issues.

In this teacher's case, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer. The school district in question recently agreed to a financial settlement of $850,000. The unique thing about the settlement is that is was forged before a lawsuit was ever filed. The teacher says this fact proves to her that school administrators are aware of the extent of the problem and potential liability the district might face if this case or others in the future were to go to court.

As the symptoms of her illness progressed, the teacher had to seek early retirement. She says she had hoped to teach for at least seven more years and was devastated when she was unable to continue. Of course, no amount of money can ever restore her health. Anyone in Minnesota who has legal concerns regarding asbestos exposure may request a meeting with a personal injury attorney who is experienced in asbestos litigation.

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