In Minnesota and most other states throughout the country, there are hidden dangers lurking in people's homes, in schools, factories and other community locations. Asbestos exposure remains problematic in many regions. One of the biggest problems is that the fibers that are so dangerous to human health are microscopic. This is why it pays to learn as much as possible about asbestos and what to do or not do if it is discovered in a particular area.
Many Minnesota families will be forced to cope with the loss of a loved one before 2019 comes to an end. In some instances, a family's grief may be intensified by knowing that the illness that caused a loved one's death was preventable. For instance, when asbestos exposure is a causal factor, it is often employer negligence that was ultimately responsible for a particular worker's adverse health condition. Coping with sudden loss during the holidays is not easy, but it is often more tolerable when the family in question has a strong support network.
Anytime someone in Minnesota or another state is injured due to another's party's negligence, legal recourse may be available through the civil justice system. A plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit must prove in civil court that the party sued was negligent in a manner that caused the plaintiff's injuries and which resulted in monetary damages. When a case has to do with asbestos exposure, things can get complicated in court.
When a Minnesota teacher or employee in another industry reports to work each day, he or she has a right to reasonably assume that employers are doing what they are supposed to do to maintain a safe working environment. Workers may certainly expect that, if there is a known hazard in the workplace, employers would inform them, as well as take precautions by offering proper training and safety equipment to help employees avoid injury. A school teacher in another state has begun the process of filing a lawsuit against her school district because she believes she suffered long-term asbestos exposure on the job and that it has caused her to contract mesothelioma.
When a Minnesota parent sends a child to school, he or she has a right to reasonably expect that the child will be kept safe. While there is always a risk for personal injury, such as falling on the school playground and scraping a knee or twisting an ankle while running in gym class, most days at school should be rather uneventful regarding possible injuries. It is understandable that parents in another state are concerned and upset after learning their children were at risk for asbestos exposure.
Many Minnesota residents and others include talcum powder in their personal daily hygiene routines. Johnson & Johnson baby powder is a popular talcum product that often can be found in the average household's bathroom cabinet. In fact, many parents of infants use talcum powder to help relieve diaper rash and keep their babies' skin as dry as possible. The problem is that ample evidence suggests talcum powder places those who use it at great risk for asbestos exposure.
In Minnesota and most other states, danger lurks in many factories, schools, shipyards, old buildings and even private homes. The danger is caused by asbestos. Asbestos exposure is highly likely when materials containing the microscopic fibers become friable.
In 2006, a man purchased a building that had contained a former power plant. His sons and others were working under his direction when they were reportedly told to remove pipes and other items from the building. They may not have realized it at the time, but doing so may have placed them at great risk for asbestos exposure because the pipes and other areas in the building contained high levels of the toxic materials. Those who work in Minnesota in buildings that are high-risk asbestos sites may wish to follow this case.
Minnesota schools, like those in most other states, are gearing up for or have already begun a new school year. It is understandable that parents might have certain concerns as their children head back to their classrooms. Some kids are new students. Others might have learning disabilities or social issues that make their parents especially anxious. No parent, however, should have to worry that their child might become ill due to asbestos exposure at school.
Naturally occurring silicate minerals that can be woven into fabric exist in a product commonly referred to as asbestos. It may come as a surprise to some that asbestos products are still used today, even though they are known carcinogens. While there are stringent regulations regarding the use or removal of asbestos, many people are at great risk for injuries because of asbestos exposure. In fact, it appears to be a significant problem in many Minnesota schools, as well as schools located in other states.