Many people have vermiculite insulation in their homes. It was a popular form of loose insulation used to insulate many homes throughout the United States. Used extensively in colder climates such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, it was most often used as attic insulation.
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?
It's well-known that asbestos exposure can cause serious and often deadly health problems. Those who worked in industries and careers including mechanics, construction workers, electricians, railroad and shipyard workers, asbestos abatement teams, boiler operators and asbestos miners may have been exposed to asbestos and developed serious health issues. These workers and their loved ones can develop mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer, but what are the differences between the three diseases?
Most people learn they were exposed to asbestos after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Aggressive and fast-moving, mesothelioma is a form of cancer that often appears years after the initial exposure. This makes identifying the source of exposure much more difficult. Over the years, however, a growing body of evidence has been building, providing valuable information for victims of asbestos exposure in Minnesota.
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.
Many people who are exposed to asbestos develop illnesses such as mesothelioma or lung cancer years later. Those who were exposed in Minnesota and elsewhere may have potentially exposed their families to the asbestos contamination without knowing it. The afflicted family members who were exposed second hand may then be left dealing not only with the illnesses wrought on their family members who were directly exposed, but they may also fall ill themselves.
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.
Most people go to work every day with the belief that they are going to be in a safe environment. It is not at the forefront of most employees' minds to question whether what they are doing could be hazardous to their health. Unfortunately, many people in Minnesota and across the country were exposed to asbestos while they were on the job, which has led to health complications in their later years.
The longer a worker is exposed to asbestos, the greater the risk of negative effects to his or her health. Many Minnesota employees who were exposed to asbestos were not informed of the impending health risks. Now, years later, the signs are manifesting and causing the former employees to suffer a variety of ailments, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. The suffering victims have every right to pursue legal action against their employers if they were not informed of all of the possible hazards of their former occupations.
Many years after exposure, those who were working with or breathed in asbestos can now be suffering the effects. Victims in Minnesota and across the United States can develop lung cancer years after they have quit working for an employer. Workers who now suffer the effects of the asbestos exposure may choose to pursue legal action to seek financial accountability from their former employer under the law. On Sept. 10, we posted a report concerning a man who contracted mesothelioma while working as a deckhand. Now another seaman has filed another claim along similar grounds.