You may have heard about the danger and controversy surrounding asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illness. More and more people are speaking up against their exposure to asbestos in the previous decades and how this has impacted their health today. Asbestos-related illnesses can result in painful side effects and life-threatening conditions with many sufferers dying from an asbestos-related disease. If you or a loved one is fighting for your life after possible asbestos exposure, then it is a good idea to speak to an experienced asbestos personal injury lawyer about your options.  ShermoenJaksa Law has litigated hundreds of your fellow Minnesotans asbestos claims over the last twenty years.


The reason asbestos is such a danger to society is that it can take as much as 50 years for the illnesses associated with asbestos to be detected in your body. You may not experience the first signs of symptoms until years after the exposure.  The asbestos fibers can break off and get into your lungs causing severe disease and cancer, especially with long term exposure.  Asbestos-related injuries and illnesses include:

  • Mesothelioma – this is a type of asbestos cancer that affects the lungs, the stomach and the heart. It is a leading cause of death among those exposed to asbestos
  • Ovarian cancer, lung cancer, and stomach cancer – all of these cancers can also develop with exposure to asbestos
  • Asbestosis – a chronic lung disease directly associated with asbestos exposure

Some of the signs and symptoms of the asbestos illness include chest pain, coughing up blood, trouble breathing, anemia, extreme weight loss and fatigue, and abdominal pain and swelling. Unfortunately, once these symptoms do appear it can often be too late and you could already be in the final stages of asbestos-related cancer.


The scariest thing about asbestos injuries is that many people were not even aware they were at risk at the time of exposure. During the past 100 years, asbestos has been used in several common everyday products. Even today there are still several building sites and other areas where asbestos has been found. You were likely exposed to asbestos at some point over the last 50 years if you:

  • Worked in any of the trades
  • Worked in mills, mines or power plants
  • worked in the insulation industry
  • worked in shipyards
  • worked in refineries
  • worked in metal work sites
  • Railroad workers

Unfortunately, it is not just the workers at risk.  Entire families are at risk when contaminated workers bring the asbestos fibers home on their clothing and outerwear over years of repeated exposure.


Currently, there are mass tort lawsuits going on across the nation by people suffering from asbestos injuries. It is possible to speak up and help secure a better lifestyle for you and your family by speaking to a personal injury lawyer about what has happened to you. Many people are not even aware that they could be eligible for compensation. Take advantage of our free initial consultation and tell your story to our qualified Northern Minnesota personal injury lawyer. Contact our Asbestos lawyers in International Falls, MN office at (218) 283-4494 or Duluth, MN office (218) 625-2270 for a free initial consultation.