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Have you or your loved one contracted asbestosis?

Thousands of people in Minnesota and beyond are ill right now but they might not know it. Asbestosis is a disease that often lies hidden in the body for years before symptoms arise. If you or your loved one was recently diagnosed with this condition or suspect that you may have been exposed to asbestos, this post is for you.

Inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers is highly dangerous to human health. In fact, there is no safe amount of exposure to asbestos. Whether you worked in a factory, mine or shipyard for years, or live in a home built before 1978, you may have ingested asbestos without realizing it. If there is known asbestos in your workplace (or was, if you are now retired) your employer is (or was) obligated to inform you and your co-workers, and also to provide proper training and safety equipment to help you stay safe.

Your lungs contain tiny air sacs that are key to proper exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body. If you have inhaled asbestos, those air sacs, called alveoli, can become scarred and inflamed when the microscopic fibers become lodged in your lungs. This can lead to asbestosis, a terminal illness.

In time, as asbestosis progresses, a patient will have difficulty breathing. In fact, by the time you experience symptoms such as coughing, breathing trouble or chest discomfort, it might be years after the initial asbestos exposure that caused the illness. Minnesota residents with questions regarding asbestos litigation may request a meeting with Sieben Polk P.A., an experienced legal team that is committed to helping those whose terminal illnesses were caused by another person or group who was negligent.

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