Certain jobs are more dangerous than others are, but putting your life at risk for anything, especially to earn a living, should always be your choice. Millions of workers across the country had that option taken away from them when they were required to work with products containing asbestos.
Long-term exposure to asbestos can cause a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, a fact most people today know due to awareness campaigns and television ads. Much of the attention focuses on workers in industries like construction or shipping, but the problem was far more extensive.
At Sieben Polk P.A., we have fought for the victims of asbestos exposure since the 1940's. We began fighting long before "mesothelioma" became a well-known term and individuals knew they had a right to seek compensation. We were successful long before trust funds were created to protect victim's claims.
Exposure to asbestos is commonly linked to certain types of industries such as home interiors, shipping and automotive companies. Families in Minnesota may be shocked and appalled to hear about a report by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund that indicated traces of asbestos being found in children's playthings. The asbestos traces were discovered in crayons and fingerprint kits, which were crafted in another country and were then sold in the United States.
Although being exposed to asbestos is dangerous, it is particularly dangerous to those who engage in other activities such as smoking. These workers are particularly at risk when they are exposed to asbestos. If Minnesota workers are not informed about the dangers to which they are being exposed, the end result could lead to serious illness and possibly even death.
As of now, no cure exists for people who suffer from mesothelioma. The victims and their families will be forced to watch their loved ones grow weaker, and some may even die from the disease. The justice system can help victims in Minnesota and elsewhere fight back against companies who are believed to be negligent for not preventing asbestos exposure.
The process of bringing companies to justice who have been negligent can be long and arduous. As time goes on and the media hype has passed, the chain of events often fades from the public's mind, but Minnesota families who are suffering never forget the pain a negligent employer caused or lose the need for justice to be done. Fortunately, justice is coming ever closer for the families who were affected by the alleged negligent exposure to asbestos at Corning Inc.
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.