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Exposed to Asbestos in Minnesota?

Minnesota has a large number of asbestos exposure worksites along with mining activities that exist in the Northeastern region. These industries were linked with a high risk of developing malignant conditions, such as mesothelioma.

How and Where Were You Exposed to Asbestos in Minnesota?

People working at power plants in Minnesota were routinely exposed to toxic levels of asbestos dust. Also, food processing facilities, lumber mills, and equipment in other industries were built with large amounts of asbestos-containing materials before 1980.

Albert Lea

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Albert Lea

26 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Interstate Power Company
• Southern Minnesota Gas and Electric Company
• Wilson & Company Inc

Aurora

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Aurora

122 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Aurora Steam Electric Plant
• Bethlehem Steel
• Dow Chemical Company
• Erie Mining Company
• Linde Air Products Company
• Minnesota Power & Light

Bayport

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Bayport

186 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Anderson Corp
• King Power Plant
• Northern States Power Company

Becker

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Becker

27 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Becker Sherco Power Plant
• Northern States Power Company
• Sherburne County Power Station
• Sherco Power Plant

Cloquet

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Cloquet

91 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Conwed Corporation
• Diamond Match Division
• Northwest Paper Company
• Potlatch Corporation
• S. D. Warren Company
• Sappi Fine Paper
• USG Interiors
• Wood Conversion Company

Cohasset

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Cohasset

36 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Clay Boswell Power Station
• Minnesota Power & Light Company

Duluth

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Duluth

122 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• A. W. Kuettel & Sons, Inc.
• American Steel and Wire Company
• Aurora Iron and Mining Company
• Barnes Riverside Shipyard
• Bridgeman - Russell Company
• Chicago Nw Warehouse Department
• Duluth Air Force Base
• Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Company
• Duluth Board of Trade Building
• Duluth Imperial Mill Company
• Duluth Steam Corp
• Duluth Street Railway Company
• Duluth-Missabe Railroad
• Ed H. Anderson Company of Duluth
• Elliott and Company
• Geo C Howe
• Georgia Pacific
• Great Northern Power Company
• Interlake Iron
• International Refinery
• Kuettel Warehouse
• Linde Air Products Company
• Marshall-Wells Company
• Minkota Milling Company
• Minnesota Power & Light Company
• Minnesota Steel Company
• Minntac
• Northern Pacific Railway Company
• Northwest Paper Company
• Paul W. Abbott Company, Inc.
• Reserve Mining Company
• Sky Harbor Airport & Seaplane Base
• Standard Builders Supply
• Superior Wood Products Company
• Superwood Corp
• U M D Job
• U.S. Steel
• Walter Butler Shipbuilders
• Wolvin Building Company
• Zenith Furnace Company

Elk River

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Elk River

27 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Elk River Power Plant
• Great River Energy Cooperative
• Rural Co-Op Power Association

Fergus Falls

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Fergus Falls

78 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Dairy Farmers of America
• Hoot Lake Power Plant
• Ottertail Power Company

Grand Rapids

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Grand Rapids

36 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Blandin Paper Company
• Flament-Hampshire, Inc.
• Itasca Paper Company
• Western Mining

Hastings

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hastings

172 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Koch Petroleum Minnesota
• Koch Refining Company
• N-Ren
• Pine Bend Ammonia
• Smeads Plant

Hibbing

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hibbing

122 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company
• Charter Inc
• Hibbing Public Utilities
• Mechanical Construction Corporation
• Public Utilities Commission
• Rogers Brocon Iron Company

Hoyt Lakes

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Hoyt Lakes

122 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Erie Mining Company
• Hoyt Lakes Power Plant
• J&L Steel
• LTV Steel Mining Company

Mankato

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Mankato

51 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Archer Daniels Midland Company
• CHS, Incorporated
• Dotson Company, Inc.
• Honeymead Products
• Northern States Power Company

Minneapolis

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Minneapolis

864 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• 3M Company
• A. H. Bennett Company
• A.P.I.
• Acands, Inc.
• Ace Manufacturing, Inc.
• Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
• Armstrong Cork Company
• Asbestos Insulation & Supply Company
• B.F. Nelson Manufacturing Company
• Baker Properties Management Company
• Bell Telephone
• Bennett Williams
• Berg Farnam
• Black Dog Station
• Bomb Washout Plant
• Breeching Boiler Tanks
• Bros Boiler
• Bros Inc
• Burnzol Incinerator
• C E Wentworth and Company
• Cargill Incorporated
• Carroll Charles Company
• Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company
• Como Yard
• Container Corporation
• County Building
• Dayton Rogers Manufacturing
• Donaldsons
• Electric Machinery Corporation
• Federal Building
• Fleischmann Malting Company
• Fort Snelling
• General Electric
• General Mills, Inc.
• Great Northern Railroad
• Greyhound
• H. R. Nichols Company
• Hayes Insulation Company
• Hennepin County Government Center
• Heritage Chemistry Building
• Hickory Insulation Company
• Hinckle Greenleaf and Company
• Honeywell
• I.D.S. Building
• Insulation Sales Company
• J.S. Porteous
• Johnston Manufacturing Company
• Journal Printing Company
• K.U.O.M. Broadcasting Station
• L.L. Hansen residence
• Land O Lakes
• Laundry Building
• Lindberg Engineering
• Luger Furniture Company
• Lumber Exchange Building
• Mechanical Insulation Contractors
• Minneapolis Airport
• Minneapolis Electric Steel Cast.
• Minneapolis Gas Light Company
• Minneapolis General Electric Company
• Minneapolis St Railway Company
• Minneapolis Star Tribune
• Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Company
• Minneapolis Street Railway Company
• Minneapolis Water Department
• Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company
• Minneapolis-Moline
• Minnegasco Inc.
• Minnesota Linseed Oil Company
• Minnesota Mazda Lamp Works of General Electric Company
• Minnesota Power & Light
• National Biscuit Company
• Nicnn St. Railway Company
• North Atlantic Constructors
• Northeast Airlines Main Base
• Northern Pump Company
• Northern States Power Company
• Northwest Airlines
• Northwest Bell
• Northwest Engineering Laboratories
• Northwestern Consolidated Milling Company
• Northern States Power Company
• NY Life Insurance Company
• Owens Illinois Glass Company
• Pillsbury Center
• Pioneer Malting Company
• Plymouth Building
• Power ServiceS Corporation
• Princeton Job
• Processed Potatoes Incorporated
• Randolph M N & S
• Republic Creosoting Company
• River Tower Apartments
• Riverside Power Plant
• Sheraton Ramp
• Sherburne County General Plant
• Smith-Sharpe Company
• Southside Lumber
• St. Cloud Heating Plant
• St. Paul and Northern Pacific Railway Company
• Standard Brands Inc
• Strutwear Knitting Company
• Syndicate Block
• Tevin City Rapid Transit Company
• Thomas Lowry Temple Building Minneapolis
• Tinker A F B
• Transit Supply Company
• Twin Cities Cold Storage Company
• Twin City Rapid Transit Company
• Twin Lily Rapid Transit Company
• Union Carbide Corporation
• W. I. Gray and Company
• Whirl-Air-Flow Equipment & Supply Company
• White Farm Equipment
• Wilder Residences
• William H Eustis Flour Exchange
• Willmar Power Plant
• Wm Bros Boiler & Manufacturing Company
• Wold-Chamberlain Field

Monticello

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Monticello

64 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• General Electric Company
• Hoechst Celanese
• Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
• Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
• Northern States Power

Moorhead

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Moorhead

38 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• A. H. Bennett Company
• Anheuser Busch Inc
• Busch Agricultural Resources
• Fargo-Moorhead Insulation Company
• Moorhead Power Plant

New Ulm

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
New Ulm

22 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Altria Corporate Services, Incorporated
• Dart & Kraft
• Eagle Roller Mill
• Kraft Foods Company
• Municipal Light and Power Plant
• Power Service Corporation

Pine Bend

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Pine Bend

2-3 Asbestos Related Deaths (1979-2001)

• Asbestos Products, Inc.
• Great Northern Oil Company
• Koch Refining Company
• Pine Bend Oil Refinery

Rochester

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Rochester

79 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Broadway Power Plant
• Franklin Heating Station
• Madonna Tower-Apartments
• Mayo Bros.
• Municipal Power Plant Rochester
• Public Utilities Board
• Rochester Electric Department
• Rochester Public Utilities
• Silver Lake Power Plant
• Silver Lake Steam Generation

Rosemount

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Rosemount

172 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Koch Petroleum
• Koch Industries

Saint Cloud

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Saint Cloud

98 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Monumental Sales
• Northern States Power Company
• St. Cloud Power House
• Stovall By Products Company

Sartell

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Sartell

98 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Champion International Corporation
• International Paper
• Sartell Paper Company
• St. Regis Paper Company
• Watab Pulp and Paper Company

Silver Bay

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Silver Bay

2 Asbestos Related Deaths (1979-2001)

• Cyprus North Shore Mining
• Hunkin, Arundal, Dixon
• Keuttle & Sons
• Lakeside Project Power Plant
• Reserve Mining Company
• Silver Bay Power

St Paul

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
St Paul

460 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• 3M Company
• A Booth and Company
• Allan Black Company
• American Hoist and Derrick Company
• Ammonia Plant
• Armour
• Asbestos Products, Inc.
• Ashland Petroleum Refining
• Automobile Owners Tire Corporation
• Blerke Tire and Rubber Company
• Board of Contron State of Minn
• Bohr Refrigerator Company
• Buckbee Mears
• City of St. Paul Water Works
• Clark Oil Refinery
• Cudahy Packing Company
• Dwyer Plumbing and Heating Company
• E A Prairie Island
• Ecolab
• Ed H. Anderson Company
• Film Pilot Plt
• Fire & Marine Ins. Company Building
• Fire Brick Supply Company
• Florcure Company
• Ford Motor Company
• Gagnon Construction
• George Fuller
• Gillette
• Golden Rule Department Store
• Gopher Smelting & Refining Company
• Great Northern Oil Company
• Great Northern Railroad
• Hamms Brewing Company
• High Bridge Power Plant
• High Bridge Station
• Highbridge Steam Plant
• Hoerner Waldorf Corporation
• International Flax Twine Company
• John Plut Company
• Luger Furniture Company
• Macarthur Company
• Manhattan L H and P Company
• Manhattan Light H. and Power Company
• Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad Company
• Minnesota Blue Cross Headquarters
• Minnesota By Products Coke Company
• Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
• Minnesota Transfer
• Montgomery Ward and Company
• Northern Pacific Railway Company
• North St. Paul Table Company
• North Star Steel Company
• North Western Imp. Company
• Northern Pacific Railroad Company
• Northern Pacific Rr
• Northern States Power Company
• Northwestern Fuel Company
• Northwestern Grass Furn Company
• Northwestern Improvement Company
• NY City Insurance Company
• Paul W. Abbott Company, Inc.
• Post Office & Customs, Elec. & Missile Fac.
• Praire Island Nuclear Power Plant
• Quality Insulation Service
• Quamco Job
• R.B. Whitacre and Company Inc.
• Rock Tenn
• Saint Paul Water Department
• Smith and Taylor
• St. Paul and White Bear Railroad Company
• St. Paul Ammonia Plant
• St. Paul City Railway Company
• St. Paul Companies
• St. Paul Gas Light Company
• State Capital Building
• Stroh Brewery Company
• Swedberg Construction
• Swift and Company
• Toni Company
• United States Bedding Company
• Vono Pipe Covering Company
• W. A. Wood Harvester Company
• Waldorf Hoerner Paper Products Company
• Waste Water Treatment
• West Side Power Heat and Light Company
• Xcel Energy

Welch

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Welch

38 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant

Winona

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Winona

42 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Badger Foundry Company, Inc.
• Board of Municipal Water Works
• Board of Public Works
• Interstate Packing Company
• Miller Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
• Mississippi Valley Public Service Company
• Swift & Company
• Watkins Products
• Winona Malting Company
• Winona Railway and Light Company
• Wisconsin Railway Light and Power Company

Wrenshall

Asbestos Exposure Areas in
Wrenshall

91 Asbestos Related Deaths (1999-2013)

• Conoco Oil Refinery
• International Oil Refineries, Inc.
• Wrenshall Refinery

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Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
Statute of Limitations in Minnesota

A person diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer developed as a result of long-term exposure to asbestos in the workplace can file an asbestos claim against the employers within a set period, which is known as the statute of limitations. In Minnesota, various statutes of limitations are followed in case of asbestos claims.

Asbestos claims include claims of negligence as well as of strict liability filed against the parties involved in the manufacture, sale, and use of asbestos or asbestos-containing products (the defendants). For asbestos claims of negligence, the request must be filed within six years, and asbestos claims of strict liability have to be filed within four years. In Minnesota, a legal action is not regarded as “commenced” until the defendant is served with the lawsuit. The statute of limitations begins once the plaintiff knows about his/her asbestos-related disease through the development of physical symptoms.

If an individual dies because of an asbestos-related illness, heirs should start a wrongful death asbestos claim within three years from the date of death.

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Eligible Conditions for Asbestos Compensation

Workers, veterans, or family members that experienced past asbestos exposure may first notice some minor symptoms, like shortness of breath. They may attribute such symptoms to other causes, like aging. But, the result of medical checks and investigations can show past asbestos exposure in the workplace has led to a current asbestos-associated disease. If you find yourself in this scenario, the help of counsel experienced in representing asbestos cases is essential. Our lawyers will assist you in navigating the legal system and fighting for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. These are the asbestos diseases approved for asbestos claims:

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Gallbladder Cancer Kidney Cancer Laryngeal/Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colon/Colorectal Cancer Ovarian Cancer Pulmonary Fibrosis

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Minnesota

Current and former residents of Minnesota diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, and their family members should contact us as soon as possible. The statutes of limitations are six years from the date of the diagnosis (for asbestos claims of negligence), four years from the time of the diagnosis (for asbestos claims of strict liability), and three years from the date of death (for wrongful death asbestos claims). In 90% of the cases, we file asbestos trust fund claims rather than going through a lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys will help you with the steps involved in the asbestos claim process.

Bankruptcy trust claims

Asbestos trust funds were set up years ago to pay people that are sick and have been injured by asbestos. However, as asbestos trust funds do not have enough money to pay all asbestos claims fully, they offer a set percentage of the legal demand. But, the funds are typically dispersed faster than in lawsuits. Asbestos trust fund claims are usually handled out of court.

Preparing the claim

The quicker we can get the information from you and get it filed with the asbestos trust funds, the quicker the payment will come. In the beginning, we are on a fact-finding mission, but it's not as intensive as a typical lawsuit would be. It's more of an administrative process.

Gathering the information

Initially what is required from the asbestos trust fund is to prove exposure to that particular's asbestos trust fund product or products and you also have to show that you've been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. First, we will qualify the medical reports. Then, we have to prove how you were exposed: primarily through occupation or secondarily through a family member that you lived with and who worked directly with or around asbestos-containing products. For occupational exposure, you have to tell us where you have worked at and inform us about any products that were in your working environment.

Filing your claim

We make the process simple, and we don't put anything other than the actual necessity on you to provide certain documentation to prosecute your asbestos claim. As soon as we get the necessary information, we can start filing that with the asbestos trust funds and expect payment within a couple of months.

Claim evaluation

Asbestos trust funds usually qualify the asbestos claim and pay it under two processes. "Expedited Review" is based on a minimum set of probable medical and asbestos exposure criteria and applications receive a schedule amount that is not negotiated. "Individual Review" allows for asbestos claim amounts up to a published maximum. Factors that determine the actual amount can include but are not limited to, age at diagnosis, jurisdiction, and the settlement history of your counsel.

Claim payment

Trustees make a determination and decide whether they will or won't pay the asbestos claim. Usually, payment comes within a couple of months, and we can set up a stream of revenue for our clients. You will benefit from a variable continual cash flow which adds up to a lot over time.

At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we strive to get you the best asbestos claim results possible. To pay out asbestos claims, asbestos trust funds managers rely on something called case valuation matrix. Case valuation matrix is a document approximating historical settlements values and assigning different values for compensable cancer types. The base dollar amounts vary by state or region because location sets occupational asbestos exposure levels. The table below provides the average settlement values, by disease level, at asbestos trust funds with seven disease levels, as presented in Rand Corporation's report on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts.

AVERAGE AMOUNTS PAID BY ASBESTOS TRUST FUNDS

Mesothelioma (Level VIII)
$215,000
Lung Cancer 1 (Level VII)
$40,000
Lung Cancer 2 (Level VI)
$20,000
Other Cancer (Level V)
$22,000
Severe Asbestosis (Level IV)
$42,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level III)
$19,000
Asbestosis/Pleural Disease (Level II)
$8,000

Disclaimer:  Compensation for your asbestos case will be calculated starting from the base calculation matrix, increasing or decreasing the level of compensation according to the specifics of your case. Factors that can affect the value of your case include, but are not limited to, your location, age, work history, pain and suffering, the asbestos products involved in occupational exposure, and expenses related to your illness. Individual cases vary based on such factors, and previous results don't ensure an equal outcome. The factors specific to your case make it difficult to predict its value before you file an asbestos claim. So, determining how much your case is worth can be a complicated process. If you have any questions about settlements and your legal rights, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

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Why Residents in Minnesota Choose Us?

Our attorneys have the expertise to handle complex asbestos cases throughout the state of Minnesota. We analyze each case carefully by investigating your work history deeply to identify where exactly the asbestos exposure occurred. As we know thoroughly the asbestos laws enforced in Minnesota, it is easy for us to guide you and resolve asbestos litigation successfully. We are compassionate towards our clients, already going through a difficult situation; therefore, we make the legal actions hassle-free. We have a proven track record of dedicated service, which has made a significant number of Minnesota residents choose us to represent their case. Also, as we work with a multidisciplinary group of specialists, we can provide advice on the best treatment options in your area.

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