Many people think mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are only capable of causing harm to the people who work in an industry where asbestos is present. However, other members of the family in Minnesota and elsewhere could also contract asbestos-related diseases due to second-hand exposure. Since it can take many years for these types of disease to begin manifesting symptoms in its victims, many affected individuals do not find out until it is too late.
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.
Every year, many people find out too late that a previous exposure to asbestos could be the cause for the illnesses they face. Many in Minnesota and across the country are left to watch their family members suffer from different illnesses that are related to asbestos exposure in the workplace. Sometimes, the family can also be affected by secondhand exposure as well. In most cases, the conditions do not manifest for many years and could even be fatal. The following are some of the most common illnesses that are related to asbestos.
In most instances of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases, the cases are only brought to court once the person who was allegedly exposed is diagnosed. Affected Minnesota workers and their families are left to suffer through the disease due to signs of the illness only appearing much later. A large scale lawsuit in another state may impact the precedent for asbestos related cases if the claims are substantiated.
Much of the information that we know about asbestos and its dangers is more readily available now with access to the Internet. Years ago, it was not as widely available, but regardless, it was an employer's responsibility to notify workers of the hazards of asbestos and proper safety protocol. Sadly, many employees were not warned, and now families in Minnesota and across the United States have loved ones who were unnecessarily exposed and are now suffering from lung cancer or related diseases.
The demolition of older buildings is not always as simple as the destruction and removal of materials. Buildings that are over a certain age may be more likely to contain asbestos, which can cause serious health complications over long-term exposure. Specific practices must be employed to ensure the safe removal of any asbestos-containing materials. The cleanup of an old Minnesota education center could expose employees to asbestos particles if the process is not handled safely.
Many Minnesota residents know that being exposed to asbestos can pose serious health risks. Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos -- especially for a considerable number of years -- could potentially develop lung cancer from breathing in the harmful particles. As a result, some parties may wish to take legal action in order to seek compensation against parties responsible for their exposure
Minnesota readers may have heard about an investigation of a West Coast company that was recently conducted. The investigators discovered that a company that was paid and trusted to teach others how to properly remove and dispose of asbestos was not fulfilling its obligations. In some cases, workers received no asbestos abatement training at all, let alone any follow-up training. The company not only did a disservice to the workers, but also to the communities in which they would be working.