The hazards of asbestos exposure has been known for a long time and the majority of asbestos-related products have been removed from our marketplace. Despite this, mesothelioma rates have continued to rise. According to the Environmental Working Group, 4,852 people died in Minnesota between 1999 and 2013 of asbestos related deaths.
Home remodeling shows on television often show people uncovering hidden hazards when knocking out walls and digging up floors in old houses. Heating ducts wrapped in asbestos and flooring tiles made with asbestos are just two of the more common hazards one might see when watching a home renovation show. Old houses contain many surprises, but what other dangers might be hiding?
When most people go to work, they don't expect that their occupation could be making them sick. Unfortunately, for workers all across Minnesota, their job is not just making them sick: it's killing them.
Several years ago, health officials noticed an alarming trend: an increased incidence of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer, in the mine workers. This prompted the Minnesota Department of Health to commission a health study by the University of Minnesota in 2008. The study took six years to complete, focusing largely on potential hazards in the taconite industry.
Many consumers are under the assumption that the products they use each day are safe. Unfortunately, that may not always be the case, as one consumer sadly realized. Past users of Colgate-Palmolive talc products in Minnesota and across the United States may be shocked to hear the revelation that one of the company's popular products from the past allegedly contained asbestos.
Watching loved ones die is a horrible experience for spouses, especially when they believe that the deaths could have been prevented. People in Minnesota go to work each day under the assumption that they are protected and safe in their environments, but that is not always true. Negligence on behalf of employers who are associated with asbestos-containing products can have devastating results, leaving grieving families to live through the aftermaths of their losses.
A majority of the workers who suffer from asbestos-related illnesses are generally exposed to it over the course of several years. Minnesota workers who are exposed to asbestos many not exhibit signs of any type of illness until many years later. According to a recent court case appeal, the duration of time that a person is exposed is not the only contributing factor as to whether a person can take legal action to hold a company liable.
During the holidays, most families are spending time with their loved ones, but others are not as fortunate. Some Minnesota families have members who have fallen ill or passed away due to exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, many businesses who were not forthcoming about the hazards and dangers of working with or near asbestos have led to the suffering of many workers and families.