The unfortunate truth is that many companies in Minnesota exposed their workers to asbestos even after they knew it could cause mesothelioma and other deadly cancers. Employers have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe work environment. When companies knew of the hazards of asbestos exposure but took few or no steps to protect their workers, they can sometimes be held accountable in court.
After practicing in mesothelioma cases throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, Sieben Polk P.A. has gathered crucial information from a variety of job sites where asbestos exposure was a problem. Some of these job sites no longer exist, which could make the process of holding the company responsible much more difficult. However, Sieben Polk has already collected a great deal of evidence from the closed sites and can use it for future cases.
If you have developed mesothelioma or another disease caused by asbestos, you may wonder if you were exposed at work. Here is a partial list of notorious job sites in Minnesota where many people were exposed to asbestos:
- Northern States Power (NSP) Company
- Riverside Generating Station/Riverside Station/Riverside Power Plant, Xcel Energy Riverside/NSP Riverside-Minneapolis
- Black Dog Generating Station/Black Dog Coal Power Plant/Blackdog in Burnsville
- Allen S. King Power Plant in Bayport
- Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
- W.R. Grace/Western Mineral Plant in Northeast Minneapolis
- Conwed Corporation/Wood Conversion Company in Cloquet
- Honeywell and its subsidiaries AlliedSignal, Inc., Bendix Friction Materials and North American Refractories Company (NARCO)
- Northwest Airlines
If your employer isn’t on this list, do not assume you have no recourse for your asbestos exposure. This is merely a list of some of the more notorious sites. People who worked in construction, agriculture, power plants, factories, the Navy, shipyards, railyards, auto maintenance and repair and many other industries have been wrongfully exposed to asbestos by their employers.
In fact, while the overwhelming majority of mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases have been occupational in nature, there is a growing number of cases where a family member of someone who worked with asbestos developed an asbestos disease. For example, some family members have been exposed to asbestos simply by washing their loved one’s clothes.
If you have developed an asbestos-related disease, our hearts go out to you. We provide frank, candid advice about whether you have a claim worth pursuing. Not all asbestos claims involve lawsuits, and we can explain whether you would need to file suit. You can learn more about Sieben Polk P.A.’s services in a free, confidential consultation.