If you’re one of many Minnesota workers who began to experience ill-health symptoms after working in a factory, shipyard, school or other location, you are not alone. Many workers have experienced similar issues; in fact, some did not develop symptoms of illness until 10 or more years after the incident that caused their illness took place. For many workers, asbestos exposure was the causal factor regarding their injuries.
There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. If you’re exposed to the microscopic fibers in the workplace, you might inhale or ingest them, never knowing they were in the air or on the surfaces of objects with which you came in contact. Your employer, however, is obligated to inform you of known asbestos dangers on the job, and to provide proper training and any equipment available to help you stay safe.
Sadly, there have been thousands of people injured from exposure to asbestos, suffering mesothelioma or other terminal cancers who were completely unaware of the risk in their places of work because their employers failed to protect them. Such incidents have prompted numerous class action lawsuits in this state and others. Personal injury litigation is typically challenging, but even more difficult if the incident that resulted in injury took place 10 or more years before the claim was filed.
When trying to document that asbestos exposure occurred because of someone’s negligence, a plaintiff is tasked with providing evidence to the court to substantiate the claim. Medical records and witness testimonies are two types of evidence that can be helpful when trying to convince a judge or jury that negligence occurred and was directly responsible for an injury. It is a lot less stressful to navigate the civil justice system if you have an experienced attorney by your side. At Sieben Polk, P.A., in Minnesota, our legal team is prepared to help you fight for the compensation you deserve because of an asbestos exposure injury.