Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Minnesota Taconite Workers, If You Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma or Other Asbestos Related Diseases Call A Lawyer Today!

Taconite pellets
A University of Minnesota study released earlier this week announced preliminary findings that inhaled taconite dust by miners on the Minnesota Iron Range, leads to serious lung diseases including scarring around the lungs and an often fatal cancer called Mesothelioma.  At least 80 miners have already died from this rare cancer in Minnesota.

Proper Asbestos Protection
Workers often wear masks but NOT the type that protect them for the invisible asbestos particles that are inhaled and embedded into their lungs.  When you consider that professionals who remove asbestos wear protection covering them from head to toe, in reality any and all workers exposed to asbestos in the taconite mines are potential victims.  In my experience those who have worked in Minnesota's Iron Range mines haven't worn any respiratory protection until recently and even then the have been provided insufficient paper masks that simply cover their faces loosely at best.  With these findings it's time for the unions representing workers and the IMA (Iron Mining Association) to step up and protect the safety of workers.  Minnesota's taconite miners and their families deserve the protection that is afforded others who work in the modern asbestos industry.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos related disease, the worker is entitled to medical and wage loss benefits AND you as the surviving spouse or children should the worker die, are entitled to survivors benefits.  PLEASE contact our office today.  Attorney Tom Atkinson has personally handled hundreds of asbestos related Minnesota workers compensation cases.  Mr. Atkinson often associates with attorney Dean Salita who has also handled hundreds of Minnesota asbestos cases.  Call us today at 651-333-3636 and visit our website.  There is never a fee for a free consultation and you pay NOTHING unless we obtain benefits for you.