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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M)

Workers exposed to asbestos

The company was founded in 1902 in order to mine for minerals used in the production of abrasive materials. By 1910, 3M started to attract investors, and by 1917, the company reached $1 million in sales. After 1950, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing went global opening factories in Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company’s growth continues to this day with its product line still expanding. The products manufactured by 3M endangered the lives of the company’s workers and of the end consumers of products like asbestos-containing adhesives, caulk, and duct tape.

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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing made use of asbestos in large amounts, as the mineral has numerous convenient properties, such as excellent resistance to fire, electricity and a wide range of chemicals. Furthermore, it was also very cheap at the time. It is worthy of note that veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos by using the products of this company while they were serving in the military. While the company is renowned for introducing numerous innovative products such as waterproof sandpaper and videotape to the world, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing has also greatly endangered the health of their workers for the better part of the last century. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

By employing asbestos, a highly carcinogenic mineral that occurs naturally in the earth, company executives completely disregarded the lives of the people who took part in the manufacturing process. As a consequence, plenty of former Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing workers have subsequently come to suffer from harrowing diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. It was not until 1986 that the company was forced to stop using asbestos.

Thousands of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

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Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

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Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Pleural Plaques Pleural Effusion Diffuse Pleural Thickening COPD Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pleurisy Lung Nodules Lung Spots Asthma Tuberculosis Pneumonitis Histoplasmosis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Secondary asbestos exposure, alarmingly widespread among the families of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing workers


Considering how little thought asbestos company executives were caring about the safety and wellbeing of their employees, it is probably not surprising that people who worked in industries where this hazardous agent was involved were not required to change clothes or shower at the end of the day. Returning home covered with asbestos dust was a sure way to expose your family members, as well as any other person you might have come in contact with in the meantime. The health effects of secondary asbestos exposure, which occurs when one inhales or ingests asbestos fibers without being in close proximity to the source of contamination, are just as terrible as those of direct exposure. According to estimates, secondary exposure is responsible for the diseases of 10% of asbestos victims.

It is important to know that victims of secondary asbestos exposure can recover financial compensation for their physical and emotional distress, too. With the aid of a lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases, the family members of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing workers who suffer from diseases caused by asbestos are bound to obtain the most satisfactory results. Having been assisting victims of asbestos exposure for the past three decades, the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have collectively recovered over $1.4 billion so far and will gladly help you as well. If you lived in the same house as a Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing employee before 1986 and are now struggling with severe health problems as a result, please contact us and we will promptly put you in touch with one of our experienced lawyers.

Legal recourse for asbestos exposure victims

Anyone whose health was affected by occupational asbestos exposure is eligible for compensation. Over 2,000 asbestos claims have been filed against Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing by injured workers hitherto. If you held down a job at this company before they ceased asbestos use and were diagnosed with a disease associated with asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to take legal action as soon as possible. Similarly to other personal injury cases, asbestos cases have a statute of limitations that may prevent you from benefiting from the money you deserve. A lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation will help you tremendously if you are a victim of workplace asbestos exposure, as they have the necessary resources and skills to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to from the liable party. Our attorneys have been providing legal assistance and representation to asbestos victims since 1990 and will gladly lend you a helping hand. For additional information, please feel free to contact us and we will thoroughly answer all your questions.

The surviving family members of a worker who developed a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure but has not taken legal action during their lifetime are also eligible for compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys will help you recover the money you deserve on behalf of your loved one. While it is very complex, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, as the majority of the aspects, such as the claim and the documents which must accompany it, will be efficiently handled by our legal team.