“How is that possible? Isn’t asbestos illegal?”
Well, not exactly.
While products are no longer made with asbestos in them, the products that were made with asbestos back in the old days are still out there. Think of it in terms of driving on the highway: You still occasionally see an old 1940s Studebaker or even a Model T Ford, don’t you?
Many Common Products Still Contain Asbestos
It’s the same with products in general, even old products that used asbestos as a fire retardant. Remember that Bunsen burner you used in high school? Or how about some old electrical wires in a house you renovated? An old boiler in the basement? Yes, all of those items were made with asbestos and their effects are still being felt today.
Beyond everyday items, of course, are the larger industrial applications still in use in the market, even though manufacturing them is no longer allowed. These items can include, among other things:
- Asbestos-contaminated vermiculite — Minnesota imported vermiculite from Libby, Montana, through the 1980s. Asbestos minerals growing near the vermiculite contaminated the ore, exposing workers who came into contact with it.
- Insulation — Asbestos’s fire-resistant properties made it popular for use in insulation. Asbestos was used in many different types of insulation until 1978.
- Aircraft — Asbestos was used in airplane brakes because of its ability to withstand high levels of friction without burning up.
- Brake linings — Asbestos was used extensively in brake linings for cars, trucks, trains and aircraft.
- Medical and lab supplies — Asbestos was commonly used in fume hoods, but could also be found in gaskets and insulation for sterilization equipment, and other medical and laboratory devices.
Since 1979, clients from throughout the Upper Midwest have depended on our law firm, Sieben Polk P.A., to protect their rights when they have been injured. As a result, we know how to handle your case in a professional and compassionate manner.
We especially work with victims of asbestos and their families. Because these cases are often a race against the clock, the courts have instituted a fast-track process.
Not only do we already understand the unique obstacles and pitfalls in this fast-track process, but we also have unique access to the evidence and facts involved in asbestos cases in Minnesota. Our firm has handled hundreds and hundreds of cases across the state, including many of Minnesota’s largest asbestos sites and asbestos-related jobs.