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Former BNSF employees suing company for asbestos exposure

Three people who are plagued with respiratory disease allegedly due to work-related asbestos exposure filed a lawsuit against BNSF Railway on June 3, a report from the Daily Reporter stated.

The plaintiffs, identified as Gary Sachtjen, Charles Anderson and Harold Gjerman, all claimed that their workplace surroundings were filled with materials that contained asbestos. A lawyer representing the plaintiffs said that BNSF was liable for putting its workers at risk, as the company failed to provide a safe workplace. The plaintiffs, who worked in the railway for at least 34 years each, are currently seeking compensation of $300,000 for each of them. The lawsuit also identified former railway operators as defendants, including Portland, Seattle, and Spokane Railways. Reports revealed that several lawsuits have been filed against the railway company in past years.

Workers unfortunately develop mesothelioma, a rare and fatal cancer that affects the lungs, when asbestos fibers are inhaled over time. If you have developed respiratory illnesses from asbestos exposure, a lawyer may help you seek compensation if negligent parties are involved. Learn more about asbestos hazards and how you may file a claim against negligent companies today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.    

University building in Michigan still closed due to asbestos

An old administration building at the Central Michigan University is still closed “temporarily” after asbestos was discovered in the facilities, the Midland Daily News reported on June 8.

According to reports, employees at Warriner Hall were temporarily relocated to other offices on campus or were allowed to work from home when the administration building was ordered closed in May. The extended closure of the building was required in order for abatement workers to completely remove asbestos from all the floors, including the basement. As of reporting, the reopening date of the building has not been set.

When asbestos dust gets into the lungs, people may develop a rare respiratory cancer that is often fatal. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos and how an attorney may possibly work for you in this difficult situation, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Huntsville elementary school undergoing asbestos removal

Parents whose children attend Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Huntsville are worried for their kids’ safety after learning that the school premises contains asbestos, WBRC reported on May 23.

Reports revealed that Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary is the only old school left in Huntsville that has not undergone asbestos extraction. An expert said that scar tissue in the lungs may result if asbestos dust is inhaled. Asbestos removal on the school premises is underway, but parents are concerned their children may have already been exposed. Friction applied to the floor tiles, which contain asbestos in the elementary school, may result in asbestos contamination in the air.

Oxygen is difficult to absorb in the bloodstream if the lungs develop scar tissue, as they may when asbestos is inhaled. If you want to know more about the hazards of asbestos and how a lawyer may work for you if you have been exposed through negligence, fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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