Florida Mesothelioma Lawyers Helping Victims of Asbestos Exposure
MIAMI, Florida, April 18, 2013 – Every year, hundreds of men and women in Florida are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Even more are diagnosed with lung cancer and asbestosis. All of these asbestos-related diseases could have been prevented if workers had been warned about the dangers of asbestos and properly protected from exposure to this deadly carcinogen.
Asbestos has been used in commercial and industrial facilities across Florida for decades. For example, Florida is home to a number of shipyards where asbestos was regularly used. These include, among others:
- Atlantic Dry Dock (Jacksonville, FL);
- Gulf Marine Repair Corporation (Tampa, FL);
- Jones Boat Yard (Miami, FL);
- Mayport Navy Station (Jacksonville, FL);
- Miami Shipbuilding Corporation (Miami, FL);
- Offshore Shipbuilding Co. (Palatka, FL);
- Pensacola Naval Air Station (Pensacola, FL);
- Tampa Bay Shipbuilding (Tampa, FL);
LK’s Florida mesothelioma lawyer further explains how workers were often exposed to asbestos in various power plants around FL. These include, among others:
- Anclote Power Plant (Holiday, FL);
- Big Bend Power Plant (Tampa, FL);
- Crystal River Power Plant (Crystal River, FL);
- Ft. Myers Power Plant (Ft. Myers, FL);
- Gannon Power Station (Tampa, FL);
- Hookers Point Power Plant (Tampa, FL);
- Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant (Hutchinson Island, FL);
- Scholz Power Plant (Sneads, FL);
- Smith Municipal Power Plant (Lake Worth, FL);
- Turkey Point Nuclear Plant (Homestead, FL);
- Vero Beach Municipal Power Plant (Vero Beach, FL);
A number of other industries used asbestos in their facilities, exposing Florida’s workers to asbestos unnecessarily. For example:
- Ameristeel (Tampa, Jacksonville, FL);
- Bordern Chemical Company (Piney Point, FL);
- NASA (Orlando, FL);
- U.S. Sugar Corp. (Clewiston, FL);
LK is one of the nation’s premier law firms featuring highly acclaimed mesothelioma lawyers with decades of experience in the areas of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma law. LK has litigated precedent-setting cases and obtained significant rulings and judgments, which have included some of the highest awards in mesothelioma, asbestos, and personal injury litigation. Based on its close to 30 years of experience and proven track record, LK was recently named Plaintiff’s Product Liability Law Firm of the Year for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Many individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma may have relocated to Florida after retiring and were exposed to asbestos outside of Florida. With offices in several different states, including New York, New Jersey, and Georgia, LK is best poised to assist asbestos victims wherever they live and were exposed to asbestos.
If you or your loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact LK’s Florida mesothelioma lawyers at (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain, suffering,
and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and loss of income.
Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma treatments,
many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt in order to
pay for the medical expenses of their family member.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline at (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
NOTE: We have offices located in New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Washington, and Maryland. Many of our mesothelioma lawyers are licensed to practice law in a number of U.S. states and have the capability and extensive experience of representing mesothelioma clients throughout the United States. You are encouraged to contact us with any questions.
Florida Mesothelioma FAQ
Mesothelioma Cases in Florida
In Florida, asbestos was used for decades for pipe insulation, fireproofing, insulation, tiles, brakes, clutches, in shipyards, and in countless other industries. Those who were exposed to asbestos may develop mesothelioma later in life, a disease with no known cure. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos, get answers to basic questions regarding the disease, and your right to pursue compensation.
Does Workers’ Compensation Insurance cover mesothelioma cases?
While you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, the amount paid through this system in Florida is unlikely to pay the amount you need. When a negligent third party is responsible for exposing you to asbestos, it is necessary to identify the responsible parties to pursue higher levels of compensation.
Where does the Compensation Come from in a Florida Mesothelioma claim?
The asbestos industry may be the party from which you could recover compensation. At Levy Konigsberg, we have years of experience filing mesothelioma claims, with over 90 percent of our cases settling out of court. Those who suffer from this disease, or the bereaved close family who has been left without the support and care of a family member can get the legal help they need from our experienced legal team.
How Much is a Settlement or Judgment in a Mesothelioma Claim Worth?
Every case is unique and must be thoroughly evaluated to determine the amount to pursue in a claim or lawsuit. Any firm that gives you a specific dollar value, or tells you how much you could win, is not being completely honest. To determine the value of a mesothelioma injury case in Florida requires a great deal of documentation and supporting evidence.
What if My Florida Employer is No Longer in Business?
The products that led to exposure to asbestos must be identified, along with the manufacturer, and the employer for whom you worked, and any insurance companies who may have provided coverage to those parties. You must have a medical diagnosis so that we can pursue full financial compensation, including financial losses, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and other losses.
How Did People Get Exposed to Asbestos in Florida?
People were exposed to asbestos in countless ways, mostly before regulations were put in place in 1989, when the EPA issued a rule to ban most asbestos-containing products. Up until that time, asbestos was commonly used in:
- Insulation for residences, commercial property, and government property.
- Pipe insulation.
- Fireproofing spray.
- For boiler insulation.
- In a vast range of powdered cements, plaster, and joint compounds.
- Roof, tile, and ceiling tiles.
- Brakes and clutches.
What Should I Do If I am Diagnosed with Mesothelioma?
If you live in Florida and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have been exposed to asbestos at work or in your home environment. Many people move to Florida to spend their retirement years in comfort and were exposed to asbestos in another state. Levy Konigsberg has offices in several states and handles cases nationwide. Our firm has the experience and insight to take on mesothelioma cases wherever a person resides, identify where the exposure occurred, and assist in taking legal action to pursue compensation.
What if a Close Family Member Died from Mesothelioma?
If a close family member died as a result of mesothelioma, a wrongful death claim could be filed to seek compensation. Several types of damages could be pursued, including the emotional anguish associated with the loss of the support, companionship, comfort, and guidance of your loved one, lost income, as well as the financial losses from the medical care and treatment prior to death.
How Long do I Have to File a Mesothelioma Claim in Florida?
Time limits on claims are imposed under Florida law, which allows for two years from the time of a diagnosis for mesothelioma, or from the date of the death of a loved one from the disease. These time limits could differ, based on the state in which the individual was exposed to asbestos. Once the statute of limitations has run out, you are barred from filing a lawsuit to pursue compensation. It is imperative that victims of asbestos exposure who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Florida engage legal representation as quickly as possible after the diagnosis.
Contact us at (800) 315-3806 if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Florida.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
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